06 Sep 2019

Viasat complete NATO UHF satellite communications control station upgrade

Viasat has announced it has successfully upgraded the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (NATO) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM) control stations to comply with the new Integrated Waveform (IW) baseline.

The Viasat Visual Integrated Satellite communications Information, Operation and Networking (VISION) software platform, allows NATO to gain greater communications interoperability, scalability and flexibility across legacy and next-generation platforms, which it expects will significantly enhance warfighters’ situational awareness and operational insights on the battlespace.

Viasat’s VISION platform is the first commercially available software package to simultaneously support all 25-kHz legacy Demand-Assigned Multiple-Access (DAMA) and next-generation IW networks and services.

The VISION platform has provide NATO with faster communications by reducing time to access software from 90 seconds to 4 seconds; greater reliability when compared to previous waveforms; improved functionality and enhanced bandwidth by gaving network operators real-time capabilities to reconfigure UHF satellite networks to meet new mission profiles on-the-fly.

“Viasat’s close partnership with NATO has been instrumental in helping the agency transition to new IW standards ahead of government schedules,” said Giovanni Battista Durando, NATO Communications and Information Agency, Network Services and IT Infrastructure, SATCOM Service Area Owner. “By leveraging the Viasat VISION software, NATO network operators have gained more control over communications stations from a single terminal, simplifying operations and increasing the readiness of today’s warfighter.”

Ken Peterman, president, Government Systems, Viasat, commented. “By working closely to understand NATO’s most urgent needs, Viasat was able to deliver a cost-effective, scalable and interoperable technology capability needed to support emerging mission demands and help NATO warfighters maintain communications at the tactical edge.”  

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