ViaSat has been contracted by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to support the US Navy's joint ultra high frequency (UHF) military satellite communications (satcom) system.
The indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract is valued at $48.2m and has a base period of five years. The contract has an option for another five-year ordering period.
ViaSat Government Systems division senior vice-president and general manager Ken Peterman said: "UHF military satcom has a long history enabling beyond line-of-sight communication across the battlespace, and provides a solid, always available communications solution.
"This award reflects the navy's commitment to using proven UHF radios and channel controllers already deployed worldwide, mitigating risk with non-fielded communications systems in order to ensure continued and enhanced capabilities for the warfighter many years into the future."
Under the contract, ViaSat will offer its engineering, technical services and hardware / software products for the sustainment and overhauling of the joint UHF military satcom network integrated control system, UHF satcom channel controllers and user terminals.
Additionally, ViaSat will assist in developing a modern crypto design for next-generation UHF terminals.
The contract reflects the US Government’s effort to maintain long-term viability of the UHF systems, while ensuring that naval troops have support and access to the proven communications technology when in battle.
Recently, ViaSat’s small tactical terminal (STT) KOR-24A was chosen by Lockheed Martin for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) P3 variant CP-140 Aurora aircraft.