The company, part of the Cubic Corp., said the system for Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout will use smaller and lighter components for transferring full-motion video and data to ground and naval forces.
"The vital information that Fire Scout's sensors collect would be useless without a way to get it to the warfighters who need it for timely exploitation," said David S. Miller, Fire Scout program director for Cubic Defense Applications. "Cubic's MQ-8C Fire Scout data link system provides that ability and its multi-band capability will enable warfighters to conduct simultaneous missions."
The data link contract is worth $3.7 million.
Cubic's ISR data link systems use radio frequency technology with open standard waveforms to transfer data and stream video. It features a modular architecture that includes open-standard interfaces and a software-defined transceiver.
Cubic's new Multiband Miniature Transceiver, which enables simultaneous Ku band and C band transmissions using dual data streams is an integral part of the system.
"A data link system that used to be the size of a toaster oven is now the size of three Pop-Tarts," Robert Kalebaugh, senior director of business development for Cubic Defense Applications, said of the new system.