|Inside Air Force One. Photo: ViaSat
[Avionics Magazine 07-25-2016] The United States Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded ViaSat a non-competitive, firm-fixed-price contract to provide senior leaders and their support staff with global in-flight broadband and communications services. The award covers support for VC-25s, C-17s, C-32s, C-37s, C-40s and the complete range of VIP and special air mission aircraft.
According to ViaSat, the service will enable “a Situation Room in the Sky,” with the ability to use the in-flight broadband connection to stream full-motion high-definition video for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), en-route Command and Control (C2) and Search and Rescue (S&R) missions; maintain two-way communications through HD video conference calling or voice over internet protocol calls; and access real-time intelligence and other location-based, live-sensor data for critical decision-making.