August 17th, 2010
ViaSat... Liberty Counting On COTM (MILSATCOM)
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) has deployed airborne communications-on-the-move (COTM) terminals onboard several dozen U.S. Air Force Project Liberty aircraft to support ISR operations. L-3 Integrated Systems is the system integrator for the Liberty program, which includes ViaSat ArcLight COTM terminals and secure network services. The MC-12 Liberty is a small, twin-turboprop plane, based on the Beechcraft King Air 350ER. The ArcLight Ku-band mobile broadband system is designed to provide high-speed, beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) communications, configured in this application for data rates up to 1 Mbps off the aircraft to support ISR activities. The system is based on the successful ArcLight mobile satellite communication system, which has approximately 1,500 terminals delivered worldwide. The ViaSat system is also providing broadband BLOS ISR and Command and Control (C2) communication links for several other U.S. military organizations.