Military

US Defense Extends ViaSat’s In-Flight Connectivity Contract

By S.L. Fuller | July 31, 2017

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ViaSat Inc. has received an extended military contract for its in-flight connectivity, the company said. The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) contracted ViaSat to provide senior leaders and support staff with connectivity on senior leader aircraft.

The original contract included two options for extension, and the first began June 1. ViaSat’s deliverable includes its global Ku- and Ka-band communications satellite network.

"Our DISA award extension validates the maturity and performance of our certified, field-proven, hybrid Ku-/Ka-band networked satellite system," said Ken Peterman, president of Government Systems at ViaSat. "We have continued to successfully pass critical testing milestones and meet key deliverables, as stated in our agreement with DISA, which led to this extension. We anticipate DISA will execute the next option based on our ability to meet in-flight connectivity and exceed cybersecurity expectations."

The contract extension’s face value is $19.2 million. This makes the contract’s cumulative face value $73.2 million.

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