The BATS-E 1500 from Viasat is an Embeddable, Single-Channel Link 16 SWaP-constrained communication system that operates from 969 to 1206 MHz. It delivers an output power of 63 W and is designed for missions with long transmission ranges. This 360-degree visibility provides all Link 16 network participants with the ability to see, relay and share situational awareness data and allow for more accurate tracking, identification, and engagement so controllers now have a clear view of the battlespace. The controllers can send target updates while in flight for secure, reliable weapons delivery, to significantly decrease the time in high-threat environments. It consumes 50 W of power while operating over a DC supply of 28 V.
The BATS-E 1500’s Enhanced Throughput (ET) mode boosts Link 16’s protected data rate of 115 Kbps to over 1.1 Mbps. When combined with the Concurrent Multiple Reception (CMR) capability, it can achieve a data rate more than 2 Mbps. It implements the latest high assurance algorithms using a field proven programmable crypto engine to securely serve joint and coalition mission requirements, while maintaining backwards compatibility with legacy communications systems.
The BATS-E 1500 provides a cost-effective option for integrating Link 16 into existing targeting and weapon systems that have traditionally lacked Link 16 network access without the need for major platform modifications. It is available in an enclosure that measures 13.9 x 10.8 x 13.3 cm with Ethernet/USB, Full Platform-J data interfaces. The device combines full Link 16 functionality in a compact, embeddable form factor, delivering real-time accurate targeting data to help controllers make split-second decisions to execute more missions with precision.