Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS)


To rapidly develop, field, and support world-wide interoperable and secure Navy Integrated Fire Control (NIFC) tactical data links and adaptive networking capabilities to ensure sustained tactical data superiority for the Joint, Coalition, and International Warfighter.


Be the premier global provider of decisive and interoperable NIFC tactical data link capabilities to the Joint, Coalition, and International Warfighter.


The MIDS Program Office (MPO) is comprised of the MIDS International Program Office (IPO), MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), Advanced Tactical Data Links, and the Link 16 Waveform programs. The MIDS IPO, which manages the MIDS Low Volume Terminal (LVT) program, is an international cooperative development between France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States, and has a history of over 25 years of international cooperation. MIDS JTRS is a U.S. Navy funded program, built as a multi-channel, software-defined variant of MIDS-LVT. MIDS is the most widely-fielded family of Link 16 terminals in the world with products supporting airborne, maritime, ground mobile, and fixed-station platforms with a
multi-band, multi-mode, networkable, software-definable radio system satisfying existing and future requirements for DoD joint interoperability.


The MIDS Program Office (MPO) is acquisition aligned to the Program Executive Office of Tactical Aircraft Programs (PEO(T)) and competency aligned to the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR). This alignment allows the MPO to leverage the established Link 16 NAVWAR
subject matter experts while providing an integrated alignment for MIDS JTRS to lead platforms in PEO(T) for achieving the Navy Integrated Fire Control strategy.

Cooperative Development

MIDS-LVT is the DoD role model for a flexible acquisition and contracting strategy focused on competition and affordability that allows the program to grow more efficiently. MIDS JTRS built upon this foundation by expanding existing development contracts with a transition to software-defined radios. A government workforce was already in place to fulfill critical subject matter expert roles and leverage the continuity
of an existing industrial base.