BAE Systems wins contract to demonstrate Link 22 DLP

The Tactical Data Link Delivery Team within the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation has awarded BAE Systems a £1m contract to demonstrate the Link 22 Data Link Processor (DLP) is for two of the Royal Navy’s newest ships — the UK’s Type 45 Destroyer and QE Class Carriers.

Link 22 provides a beyond line-of-sight, secure, tactical digital communications capability designed to succeed Link 11, supporting the exchange of information and giving the user an enhanced common tactical picture across air, surface, sub-surface and land platforms.

As part of the trials programme, BAE Systems will undertake control and monitoring of Link 22 equipment, network monitoring systems and tactical message exchange.

As well as the trials and demonstrations, a set of studies and reports will be produced to scope and de-risk the activities required to integrate the DLP onto the Type 45 and QE class.