Understanding and navigating the U.S. ITAR licensing requirements and Foreign Military Sales processes and having an experienced, U.S.-based customer advocate working with the U.S. DoD is critical to avoid delays in receiving necessary technical data and hardware for your program and to streamlining the integration and testing process.
The Norwegian government has been seeking a Weapon Data Link (WDL) since 2011 for their newly developed Joint Strike Missile (JSM). WDLs have never been exported as stand-alone products. In addition, the U.S. WDL manufacturer was in the process of implementing NSA-mandated cryptographic modernization that was not yet NSA certified. This combination made it extremely difficult for Norway to obtain WDL technical data and hardware for their missile.