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Cubic wins contract to provide VDL for F-35 program

Cubic Corporation has announced its Cubic Mission Solutions business division has been selected by Lockheed Martin as the video data link (VDL) provider for the F-35 Lightning II program.

The company said that its VDL capability for the aircraft will "significantly increase" the F-35s combat capability, and is an essential capability to the aircraft's follow-on modernisation program.

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“We are very pleased to partner with Lockheed Martin to provide a secure video data link capability for the F-35,” said Mike Twyman, president of Cubic Mission Solutions.

“Our team of protected communications experts have decades of experience supplying common data link systems and we look forward to partnering on this critical program.”

Cubic's offering is a "secure and mission-enhancing system that easily fits within the allocated communications, navigation and identification (CNI) subsystem volume", with the software-defined, radio-based solution featuring high-performance processing that can support future live video enhancements, which minimises size, weight, power and cooling.

Cubic's solution enables the F-35 to transmit and receive sensor and metadata to and from multiple ground or airborne units.

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“With our proven track record of managing a program from development through fielding, along with the proven performance of our software-defined radio products including the Nano Multi-band Miniature Transceiver, we are confident in our ability to deliver a low-risk, cost-effective video data link solution with built-in life cycle enhancements,” said James Parys, program director, Cubic Mission Solutions.

Cubic wins contract to provide VDL for F-35 program
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