The US Department of Defense has picked two contractor teams to continue development of the Tactical Common Data Link. A Phase 2 contract worth $8 million went to a team of Harris/ GEC-Marconi Hazeltine and TSI TelSys, while a second team involving Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins won a $6 million deal. During the 18-month second phase, each team will build and test five airborne terminals and one surface terminal. The project will develop a family of common datalinks to support unmanned and manned airborne reconnaissance vehicles.

Source: Flight International