10 Sep 2018

Viasat to provide elite global in-flight connectivity services

Viasat has been awarded an eight-year contract by the United States Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide US Government Senior Leader and VIP aircraft with in-flight broadband and connectivity services.

The base year award value is $55.6 million, with the period of performance for the base year award is Sept. 1, 2018, through August 31, 2019. The base year and seven 12-month option periods have a total cumulative value of $559.8 million.

Over the past two and a half years, Viasat has provided in-flight broadband and connectivity services to senior leader aircraft under the AMSS IIa contract. Building on the initial contract phase, , this new agreementt enables the Company to provide even more advanced broadband connectivity service options with expanded coverage and increased data rates, as well as enhanced security, resiliency and flexibility.

Ken Peterman, President, Government Systems, Viasat, said: “We are proud to provide US Government senior leaders with a proven in-flight broadband connectivity experience. Our best-in-class connectivity service with advanced cyber protection for secure air-to-ground communication ensures senior leaders are connected—virtually anywhere they fly.

“This contract validates the value of our Hybrid Adaptive Network (HAN) that’s continually improving and embracing emergent satellite network capabilities across multiple bands and multiple networks.”

Viasat’s HAN uses cutting-edge hybrid terminal technology to enable automatic and rapid in-flight network switching across Ku- and Ka-band satellite networks as well as multiple orbital regimes for optimised global roaming connectivity. In addition, the HAN leverages Viasat’s latest innovations in layered resilience to mitigate against congestion, intentional and unintentional interference sources and rapidly evolving cyber threats in highly contested environments.

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