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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rotorcraft Report: Hawklink Proves Itself

PRODUCTS | MILITARY

The evaluation is over and the results are good: Harris has successfully completed the flight and ground testing of its Ku-band Common Data Link (CDL) Hawklink system. Scheduled for installation in the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System helicopter, CDL Hawklink is a high-speed, digital data link that transmits tactical video, radar, acoustic and other sensor data from MH-60R helicopters to their host surface ships.

"The Common Data Link Hawklink system is a Ku band replacement of the legacy C Band datalink," said Harris spokesperson Marc Raimondi. "The Harris Hawklink system provides 10.7 Mbps throughput on the forward link and 21Mbps on the return link. The Harris Hawklink solution allows shipboard operators full access to the sensor suite onboard the helicopter."

The CDL Hawklink system tests were held at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. According to Raimondi, the flight tests demonstrated the system’s compatibility with MH-60R helicopter and host ship interfaces, and the system’s ability to support multiple, simultaneous helicopter missions. "Deployment is at the decision of the customer," he said. "However, we feel the system should be ready to deploy in 2011."

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