Modern military avionic systems employ a vast network of sophisticated sensors and communication equipment, requiring digital and analog links with high-bandwidth, high link margin, and low-susceptibility to electromagnetic interference (EMI). Fiber-optic communications have been proven as the superior means of transmission. High link gain, noise figure (NF), and spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) can be achieved with higher optical powers – thus, there is a need for high performance photodetector receivers. For practical realization of avionic sensor and communication micro-networks using high-speed high-performance photonic links, there is a need for military-grade, ruggedized components with low size, weight, and power (SWaP). One of the key missing components for analog avionic photonic links is a ruggedized, wideband, high-power, balanced photodiode receiver with high linearity.