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ViaSat Wins Order In MIDS Tactical Network Terminal Lot 8 Award

by Staff Writers
Carlsbad CA (SPX) Jul 20, 2007
ViaSat has won a delivery order valued at approximately $44.9 million for Multifunctional Information Distribution System terminals from The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego. By gathering information into a digital view of the battlefield, MIDS provides greater situational awareness in combat for the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and for U.S. defense partners. The secure, high capacity, jam resistant wireless (non-satellite) system connects users with both digital data and voice communications.

The Lot 8 order includes LVT(1) airborne and LVT(2) ground-based Low Volume Terminals under the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract awarded in January 2000. Delivery of Lot 8 units is expected to begin in June of next year and continue through the first quarter of ViaSat's fiscal year 2010.

The new award includes LVT(1) terminal variants and spares for F/A-18, E/A-18G, F-16, AC-130 aircraft, the MH-60R/S and CH-53K helicopters. The Lot 8 order also includes LVT(2) terminal variants and spares for various Army and Air Force applications, MIDS LVT(1) variant terminals for Portuguese F-16 aircraft, and LVT(2) variant terminals for German ground based applications. During the procurement for Lot 8 the LVT(2) terminal quantities were competed and ViaSat remains as the only certified producer of LVT(2) terminal variants to date.

"The hard work by our team to provide innovation and best value continues to pay off," said Paul Baca, vice president of Tactical Data Links at ViaSat. "We feel we are a technology leader in both the airborne and ground based terminal markets because we work closely with our customer and the end users to provide products that best meet their needs. This approach is helping expand the ground terminal market beyond original projections and we look forward to continued growth in this area."

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