CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) has received a multimillion dollar award from the U.S. government for broadband satellite services to support enroute military aircraft. The all-IP service plan is designed to enable access to NIPR, SIPR, and commercial Internet, as well as VOIP and VTC sessions during transcontinental or transoceanic flights. The initial one-year agreement is renewable for multiple years and includes options to add other aircraft, additional missions, and supplemental service.
For senior leadership, VIP, and other broadband requirements, ViaSat is providing tiered service plans with a range of networking and performance levels. Most plans include worldwide roaming access as a complement to higher priority regional service.
Terminals for the aircraft and on the ground will be based on ViaSat ArcLight® technology, already on over 300 government aircraft with more than 500,000 flight hours. Military aircraft using the technology include MC-12s, C-37s, C-130s, and more recently larger aircraft such as the C-17.
"Our vision is that government airborne users experience true mobile broadband performance through our augmented regional services", said Paul Baca, GM Global Mobile Broadband at ViaSat. "Customers can have worldwide connectivity with seamless roaming to our commercial Yonder® service."
The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) was the first military organization to use patented ArcLight technology in a high-speed Ku-band network on its C-130 aircraft. ArcLight terminals have enabled these and other aircraft to conduct advanced ISR missions using ultra-small antennas with apertures under 12 inches in diameter. ViaSat mobile broadband installations now total over 1,750 systems, encompassing government missions and commercial applications in general aviation, maritime, and high-speed rail.
About ViaSat (www.viasat.com)
ViaSat delivers fast, secure communications, Internet, and network access to virtually any location for consumers, governments, enterprise, and the military. The company offers fixed and mobile satellite network services including Exede® by ViaSat, which features ViaSat-1, the world's highest capacity satellite; service to more than 1,750 mobile platforms, including Yonder® Ku-band mobile Internet; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cyber security products for the U.S. and allied governments. ViaSat also offers communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat has established a number of worldwide locations for customer service, network operations, and technology development.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about mobile broadband performance. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the communications industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.
ArcLight is a registered trademark of ViaSat Inc. Yonder is a registered service mark of ViaSat Inc.
SOURCE ViaSat Inc.