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Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS)

SYNOPSIS: JTIDS PROVIDES (AS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF THE ARMY DATA DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM) HIGH CAPACITY SECURE, JAM-RESISTANT DIGITAL DATA COMMUNICATION, MULTISERVICE, NATO INTEROPERABILITY AND SITUATIONAL AWARENESS.

ACQUISITION CATEGORY: ID

ACQUISITION PHASE: FRP MS III Production

PE & LINE #: 63713.D370 BU1400

DESCRIPTION: The Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS)/Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS), LINK-16 program is a joint/international program representing all services and allied force requirements with the purpose of complying with the ASD/C3I policy establishing Link-16 as the DOD primary tactical datalink for C2I and to acquire a digital information system for tactical interoperability and situation awareness. Currently, the Army utilizes the JTIDS and MIDS terminals to provide Link-16 capability in Air Defense platforms to control air and missile defense weapon engagement operations. The Air Defense platforms include: Forward Area Air Defense Command Control Intelligence (FAADC2I); PATRIOT; Theater High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD); Medium Extended Air Defense (MEADS); Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) and Army Air Defense Brigade/Theater Missile Defense, Tactical Operational Center (ADA Bde/TMD TOC). The total contractual requirement is 80 Class 2M and 88 MIDS terminals with 2 FMS Class 2M terminals. A contract for 37 Class 2M terminals was awarded on 26 March 1996 while the remaining terminals will be procured through FY02. The Class 2M terminal interfaces with ACCS CHS and the JTIDS Terminal Controller (JTC) using the ADDS Interface (ADDSI) version of X.25 CCITT protocol. The Army will procure and field a minimum number of JTIDS Class 2M terminals to satisfy the Army's immediate Link-16 requirement. When the MIDS (LVT(2)) has demonstrated it can meet the Army's operational requirements, the Army will transition from the JTIDS Class 2M to the more affordable MIDS (LVT(2)) in FY99.

TRANSPORTATION CHARACTERISTICS / LIMITATIONS: Weight: 83 lbs., Size: 21x13x25 (1.25 cubic foot); Frequency Band (MHZ): 960-1215.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: PM TRCS with USAF Joint Program Office (JPO) is responsible for the management of the Class 2M terminals. PM TRCS with Navy Joint/International Program Office (IPO) is responsible for the management of the MIDS LVT (2) terminals.

Jun 94 Award of 16 Class 2M terminals for THAAD and CORPS SAM (BMDO).

Sep 94 Award of 4 Class 2M terminals for Patriot.

Dec 94 Limited User Test successfully completed.

Mar 95 Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) approved for 37 LRIP Class 2M terminals.

Aug 95 Award Army MIDS Variant (LVT(2)) EMD Phase.

Mar 96 LRIP Contract award for 37 JTIDS terminals.

Apr-Sep 96 JTIDS Development Test/RAM completed.

Oct-Nov 96 JTIDS Operational Test/Multiservice Test completed.

REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENT: JTIDS ORD approved Sep 93/JTIDS ORD updated 15 Jul 96.

TYPE CLASSIFICATION: JTIDS Class 2M FRP DAB Decision scheduled for 18 Mar 97.

EVENT SCHEDULE FISCAL YEAR

96

97

98

99

00

01

QTR

1 2 3 4

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1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4

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Low Rate Initial Production Award (Mar 96)

2

 

 

 

 

 

Development/Multiservice Test/Operational Test (Apr-Nov 96)

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Milestone IIIB (Class 2M) (Mar 97)

 

2

 

 

 

 

Production Award (Mar 97)

 

2

 

 

 

 

Low Rate Initial Production Delivery (Jan 98)

 

 

1

 

 

 

Production Delivery (Feb 99)

 

 

 

2

 

 

 


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