The Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) terminals are wireless, jam-resistant and secure information systems providing TACAN and Link 16 to Airborne, Ground and Maritime warfighting platforms, providing real-time information and situational awareness via digital and voice communications. MIDS JTRS is a variant of MIDS Low Volume Terminal (MIDS-LVT).
MIDS is a secure, scalable, modular, wireless, and jam-resistant digital information system currently providing Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN), Link-16, and J-Voice to airborne, ground, and maritime joint and coalition warfighting platforms. MIDS provides real-time and low-cost information and situational awareness via digital and voice, communications within the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Enterprise. The MIDS Program includes MIDS-LVT and the MIDS JTRS Terminal. MIDS-LVT is in full rate production and MIDS JTRS is in evolutionary development and limited production. MIDS JTRS is a “form fit function” replacement for MIDS–LVT and adds three additional channels for JTRS waveforms as required by joint and coalition warfighter.
The MIDS–LVT product is the foundation of the MIDS international cooperative program with joint service participation. DoD established the program to design, develop, and deliver low-volume, lightweight tactical information system terminals for U.S. and allied aircraft, helicopters, ships, and ground sites. MIDS–LVT provides interoperability with NATO users, significantly increasing force effectiveness and minimizing hostile actions and friend-on-friend engagements. Three principal configurations of the terminal are in production and use open-system and modular architecture. MIDS–LVT(1) includes Link-16, J-Voice, TACAN, and variable-power transmission with maximum power of 200 watts. MIDS–LVT(1) provides a Link-16 capability to Navy and Air Force platforms, which were previously unable to use Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) due to space and weight limitations. MIDS–LVT(2) is an Army variant of MIDS that is a functional replacement for the JTIDS Class 2M terminal. MIDS–LVT(3), also referred to as MIDS Fighter Data Link (FDL), is a reduced-function terminal for the Air Force (Link-16 only, with no J-Voice and no TACAN, maximum power of 40 watts).
The MIDS JTRS is a Software Defined Radio (SDR) that is compliant with the JTRS Software Communications Architecture (SCA). MIDS JTRS maintains the Link-16, J-Voice, and TACAN functionality of MIDS-LVT, but also accommodates future technologies and capabilities. MIDS JTRS improvements over MIDS-LVT include Link-16 Enhanced Throughput (ET), Link-16 Frequency Remapping (FR), and programmable crypto. MIDS JTRS provides an additional three 2-megahertz to 2-gigahertz programmable channels to accommodate incremental delivery of the advanced JTRS waveforms through MIDS JTRS Platform Capability Packages, such as the Joint Airborne Networking – Tactical Edge (JAN-TE) capability. Total program requirements include terminal development, F/A-18E/F integration, software hosting (Operating Environment/JTRS Waveforms), implementation of National Security Agency guidelines and production transition.
- Full Production and Fielding (FP&F)/Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with USN F/A-18E/F Super Hornet (1QFY12)
Limited Production and Fielding (LP&F) Decision 2 (Jan 2011) – 42 LRIP terminals in production to support F/A-18E/F, USAF EC-130H Compass Call and USAF RC-135 Rivet Joint
Successful 1st USAF E-8C JSTARS flight with LP&F 1 terminals (Mar 2011)
Received NSA Certification (Mar 2010); Completed Developmental Flight Test (Apr 2010); TRL 7 achieved (May/Jun 2010); Operational Test (Jul-Nov 2010)
LP&F Decision 1 (Dec 2009) – 41 LRIP terminals in production to support F/A-18E/F and JSTARS
JTRS Increment 1
- CVN, CG, DDG
- E-8C (JSTARS)
- Ground C2 & ISR
- MIDS International Partners
- MIDS ON SHIP
- MIRAGE 2000
- Ground C2 (SCCOA, ACCS, MCT, MIDS-TERRE, MARTHA, Air Force, Army)
- FREGATE HORIZON
- TCD NG
- COUGAR RESCO
- FREGATTE F-123
- TORNADO FBX/SEAD
- FRAGATA F-100