Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS)
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JOINT TACTICAL NETWORKING CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The Multifunctional Information Distribution System MIDS Program is a multinational United States U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain cooperative development program with Joint Service participation Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force. DoD established the program to design, develop and deliver low volume, lightweight tactical information system terminals for U.S. and Allied fighter aircraft, bombers, helicopters, ships, and ground sites. The MIDS Program consists of the MIDS Low Volume Terminal MIDS-LVT and the MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System MIDS JTRS terminal. MIDS-LVT provides interoperability with international users significantly increasing force effectiveness and minimizing hostile actions and friend-on-friend engagements. The MIDS-LVT terminal design is smaller, lighter, highly reliable, interoperable with Joint Tactical Information Distribution System JTIDS Class 2 terminal, compatible with all the participants designated platforms, affordable, and re-configurable to individual user needs and budgets. Three principal configurations of the MIDS-LVT terminal are in production and use an open system, modular architecture. MIDS-LVT Variant 1 includes voice, Tactical Air Navigation TACAN and variable power transmission with maximum power of 200 watts and provides a Link 16 capability to U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force USAF platforms. MIDS-LVT Variant 2 is a ground variant and is a functional replacement for the JTIDS Class 2M terminal. MIDS-LVT Variant 3, also referred to as MIDS Fighter Data Link, is a reduced function terminal for the USAF no voice, no TACAN, and a maximum power of 40 watts.
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