Viasat achieves BATS-D handheld Link 16 radio delivery milestone

24 April 2019 (Last Updated April 24th, 2019 09:57)

Viasat has achieved a delivery milestone with the shipment of its 1,000th AN/PRC-161 Battlefield Awareness Targeting System-Dismounted (BATS-D) handheld Link 16 radio.

Viasat has achieved a delivery milestone with the shipment of its 1,000th AN/PRC-161 Battlefield Awareness Targeting System-Dismounted (BATS-D) handheld Link 16 radio.

The Viasat BATS-D handheld Link 16 radio is designed to provide secure, reliable access to integrated air and ground information for troops, offering improved situational awareness and enhanced close air support communications.

According to the company, access to information using the radios will bridge the gap between air and ground forces.

Viasat has ramped up production of the BATS-D handheld radios in view of the growing demand for the technology.

The BATS-D handheld Link 16 radio is part of the communications specialist’s portfolio of non-developmental item solutions, which offer improved communications to engage enemy targets and enhance protection for troops.

Viasat government systems president Ken Peterman said: “Delivering the 1,000th BATS-D to customers demonstrates the value of Viasat’s entrepreneurial business models, culture of innovation and deep understanding of the current and emerging mission needs of today’s warfighter.

“The AN/PRC-161 BATS-D handheld radio can provide full Link 16 network access to several Department of Defense customers, Viasat noted.”

“Our patented BATS-D technology has been field-tested and proven to significantly reduce targeting timelines, enhancing overall mission effectiveness and improving warfighter safety.

“Given its field-proven success, we are increasing production rates of our BATS-D radio to empower customers with leading advancements in Link 16 technologies that will provide them with the edge needed to succeed across today’s battlespace.”

The AN/PRC-161 BATS-D handheld radio can provide full Link 16 network access to several Department of Defense customers, Viasat noted.

The company has upgraded its portfolio of next-generation tactical datalink systems to support the operational environment and evolving mission needs of the customers.

In September, the firm secured a contract to deliver in-flight connectivity and broadband services for the US Air Force One aircraft.