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August 24th, 2016

SPAWAR Turns To ViaSat To 'Pump Them Up'... US Navy's UHF Satellite Communications Network 

ViaSa must have been on the US Navy's 'radar' when the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), recognized ViaSat Inc.'s (NASDAQ: VSAT) expertise and awarded them a sole source contract for engineering, technical services and hardware/software products in support of the US Navy’s joint Ultra High Frequency (UHF) military satellite communications (satcom) system. 


Under this particular SPAWAR contract, ViaSat will help support the sustainment and modernization of the joint UHF military satcom network integrated control system, UHF satcom channel controllers and user terminals. In addition, ViaSat will provide a path to a modern crypto design for next-generation UHF terminals.

This award highlights the US Government’s commitment to maintaining the long-term viability of proven UHF systems; ensuring Navy warfighters have ongoing support and access to proven communications technology when in the battlespace.

Ken Peterman, senior vice president and general manager, Government Systems Division, ViaSat said in an interview, “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.”