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May 26th, 2009

Manpackin' Moment For ViaSat With NSA Certification

ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) has received certification from the National Security Agency (NSA) for the ruggedized AN/PSC-14(C) Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) integrated manpack terminal.

ViaSat AN/PSC-14 BGAN manpack This is the first small terminal of its kind to combine an Inmarsat BGAN SATCOM terminal in a rugged, tactical package with embedded Type 1 security for classified communications. The AN/PSC-14(C) enables access speeds of up 422 kbps almost anywhere in the world. The embedded security and rugged package provide rapid setup and simplified operation under the most adverse conditions. With this new certification, ViaSat can begin fulfilling orders for AN/PSC-14(C)  terminals from a wide user community, including U.S. Department of Defense customers, Homeland Security, and authorized international governments. The AN/PSC-14(C) full-mesh network encryption also supports multinational operations through its ability to switch between U.S. and multinational (Type 1 Suite A /B) modes through simplified key management features. In addition, the AN/PSC-14(C) is based on ViaSat’s programmable security device, which can reduce support costs and enables upgrade to foreign interoperability (FI) features in the field. ViaSat portable SATCOM products also include the all-rugged VRT-100 that provides BGAN voice and IP services without encryption and a rugged, airline carry-on sized terminal that embeds an ArcLight® modem. The ArcLight spread spectrum waveform enables use of small antennas that operate within FCC and ITU regulatory guidelines for adjacent satellite interference.