CARLSBAD, Calif., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) has been awarded a Full Production and Fielding (FP&F) order valued at $31.5 million for Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) terminals for the U.S. government. The award resulted from a competitive procurement through the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The order was awarded under the MIDS Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract initially executed in March 2010. The MIDS JTRS terminals are for F/A-18E/F, E-8C Joint STARS, and RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft.
MIDS JTRS is a joint development of ViaSat and Data Link Solutions and provides a migration path from the MIDS-LVT to a certified, reprogrammable, software-defined radio architecture for tactical data links. The terminal has completed contractor and government qualification testing, and received the following certifications:
- Software Communications Architecture (SCA) compliance
- Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) certification
- Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification
- NSA security certification
MIDS JTRS adds three programmable channels to the legacy Link-16 and TACAN capabilities of the MIDS-LVT. The three new channels are designed to host future advanced airborne networking waveforms. MIDS JTRS is "plug-and-play" backward compatible with MIDS-LVT so it can easily replace the MIDS-LVT, but remain interoperable.
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(SM) by ViaSat, which features ViaSat-1, the world's highest capacity satellite; 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.
SOURCE ViaSat Inc.