Mil-Aero 6 GHz Link Pair

ViaLite’s new Mil-Aero link pair is a P, L, S and C-Band combined application with standard and high gain options, covering 10 MHz to 6 GHz. The Mil-Aero RF over fiber link pair is optimized for use in Mil-Aero applications such as Boresight and Air Force Base communications and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT).

  • 10 MHz to 6 GHz link pair
  • High gain and high output options
  • Multiple packaging configurations
  • IP55 rated
  • High SFDR
  • Low noise figure
  • Connectivity for M&C
  • Antenna fault detection (AFD)
  • Supports > 10 km to 50 km distances
  • -20 to + 60 °C operating temp.
  • 5-year warranty


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Mil-Aero 6 GHz Link Pair

The link pair electrical performance is optimized for excellent balance between a low noise figure (NF), high P1dB CP and an industry leading Spurious Free Dynamic Range (SFDR). With each link pair comprising transmitter and receiver, it is possible to further adjust the gain parameters from the factory default settings to optimize the link performance.

ViaLite’s Mil-Aero link pair comes in various hardware formats, such as stand-alone OEM modules (Blue and Black) and chassis rack cards. Chassis rack cards are managed and configured via a site controller which utilizes SNMP and web interface, whereas stand-alone modules are field configurable via USB serial cable.


Outdoor Enclosures

When harsh environmental conditions are a design consideration, the IP55 rated Black OEM can be used, or the Blue OEM modules can be installed within a variety of ViaLite outdoor enclosures, such as the 2 module ODE-MINI or the 4 module ODE-A4.

Adding the Blue modules to the ODE-MINI enclosure provides ‘carrier grade’ features, such as link redundancy, power redundancy, monitoring and control. The IP65 rated enclosure can house two modules, allowing it to be fitted with two transmitter modules, two receiver modules or one of each. SNMP is optional and can be added for remote monitoring and control of the links at the outdoor location.

The Mil-Aero Link is suitable for:

  • Defense and Military Aerospace
  • Telemetry, boresights, missile tracking and testing
  • Radar and Electronic Warfare (EW) simulation
  • Tethered systems and UAVs for remote sensing and monitoring
  • Air Force Base communications
  • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
  • Cellular and Network Timing
  • Critical Comms and Disaster Recovery. – It may, in example, be used by coast guards for disaster recovery.
Standard Gain Link
High Gain Link
High Output Link

Frequency (typ.)
20 MHz to 6 GHz (1 dB Pt)
10 MHz to 7 GHz (4 dB Pt)
20 MHz to 6 GHz (1 dB Pt)
10 MHz to 7 GHz (4 dB Pt)
20 MHz to 6 GHz (1 dB Pt)
10 MHz to 7 GHz (4 dB Pt)

Input P1dB (typ. @ 1500 MHz)
0 dBm
-15 dBm
0 dBm
IP3 (typ. @ 1500 MHz)
10 dBm
-5 dBm
10 dBm
Gain Slope
<-0.35 dB /GHz
<-0.35 dB /GHz
<-0.40 dB /GHz
Gain Ripple
< +/-1 dB
< +/-1 dB
< +/-1.2 dB
Gain Adjustment from Nominal
+5 dB to -9.5 dB
0.5 dB attenuation steps
+5 dB to -9.5 dB
0.5 dB attenuation steps
+5 dB to -9.5 dB
0.5 dB attenuation steps
Nominal Link Gain (typ.)
+5 dB Gain
Tx -10dB, Rx +15dB
P/N Tx = 04, P/N Rx = 05
+20 dB Gain
Tx +5dB, Rx +15dB
P/N Tx = 01, Rx = 05
+10 dB Gain
Tx -10dB, Rx +20dB
P/N Tx = 04, Rx = 03
50 ohm
50 ohm
50 ohm
Noise Figure (typ. @ 1500 MHz)
20 dB
10 dB
20 dB
Isolation (typ.)
>60 dB
>60 dB
>60 dB
VSWR (typ.)
Gain Stability over Temperature (typ.) a
+/-3 dB
+/-3 dB
+/-3 dB
SFDR (typ. @ 1500 MHz)
SFDR (typ. @ 5 GHz)
109 dB/Hz(2/3)
104 dB/Hz(2/3)
109 dB/Hz(2/3)
104 dB/Hz(2/3)
109 dB/Hz(2/3)
104 dB/Hz(2/3)
Additional control features
Software controllable parameters via USB-C (Black & Blue OEM), p/n 55058
Software controllable parameters via SNMP (Rack card)
Antenna Fault Detection (AFD), senses LNA current feed
Maximum RF input power without damage
+20 dBm (min)
Operating temperature
-20 °C to +60 °C (OEM Modules)
0-95% non-condensing
Power consumption
Transmitter: 1.8 W typical
Receiver: 1.2 W typical
DC Input voltage
OEM Modules Only
8-15 V, 12 V nominal (>18 V damage)
Power supply compatibility
Blue OEM p/n 73502 +12 VDC PSU
Black OEM p/n 73955 OEM power connector, 2 m cable, bare wire end
Black OEM p/n 70094 IP55 rated enclosure with +12 VDC PSU, requires AC main connection
RF module Types
Rack Chassis Card: 1xTX, 1xRX, 2xTX, 2xRX, 1xTRX
Blue OEM Module: 1xTX, 1xRX
Black OEM Module: IP55 Rated 1xTX or 1xRX

a   measured across a temperature window of 40 °C

ViaLite’s Mil-Aero link pair comes in various hardware formats, including OEM modules and chassis rack cards.

Chassis rack cards are managed and configured via a site controller which utilizes SNMP and web interface. Stand-alone modules are field configurable via USB serial cable.


Rack Chassis Card

Chassis cards are used in ViaLiteHD rack chassis units (3U / 1U).

  • Card size: 179mm x 25.4mm x 133mm

A 3U ViaLiteHD rack chassis is equipped with dual redundant power supplies and an SNMP network control module. The chassis accepts up to 13 cards and, if dual cards are used, can support up to 26 links.

  • 13 chassis cards per 3U rack chassis
  • Single Rx or Tx cards
  • Dual cards (Rx/Rx, Rx/Tx and Tx/Tx) allows 26 links per chassis
  • Blind mate
  • 1310, 1550, CWDM & DWDM options
  • Hot swappable
  • On-card WDM multiplexing allows two signals on a single fiber
  • On-card LNA/LNB power feed options.

Please see our Rack Chassis product page for more information.


Blue OEM

  • Ideal for simple links
  • Can be used as a standalone, compact link solution
  • Or, can be integrated into an existing system
  • Small form factor: 69mm x 43mm x 21.5mm
  • 1310, 1550, CWDM options
  • Available with a variety of connector options, depending on the link
  • Removable backplate allows for both front and back mounting
  • Dedicated power supply enables the module to operate as a standalone link.

Blue OEM Link Datasheet

Using a Blue OEM for GPS/GNSS timing or Broadcast? You may be interested in our No Power Supply Needed! article.

ViaLite supplies an optional DIN Rail Mounting Kit (complete with bracket, thermal pad and fixings) for vertically storing Blue OEM modules. View picture. The kit can be used in existing enclosures/housings and for wall-mounting where a DIN Rail is present (contact us for more details).


Black OEM

The Black OEM module covers a wide frequency range from 10 MHz to 6 GHz, has been designed with harsh environmental conditions in mind and is IP55 rated for outdoor use. It can be used in a wide variety of applications: Mil-Aero, Broadcast, Satcom, GPS/Timing (see 6 GHz Link).

  • Metal casing
  • Single Tx or Rx available
  • External PSU (also IP rated)
  • USB-C – Software programable gain settings
  • Integrated mounting holes
  • 138 mm x 60.5 mm x 31 mm
  • Suitable for outdoor use without an enclosure

Black OEM module (6 GHz Link) Datasheet
Mil-Aero 6 GHz Link Pair Datasheet

Read more about the Black OEM.

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