ViaSat (VSAT) Receives $33.3M PTSFD Contract
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ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) announced it was awarded a $33,291,975.00 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the Protected Tactical Service Field Demonstration (PTSFD), which will provide wideband anti-jam communications to tactical users across both government and commercial satellites. This program will include the development of a Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW) modem as well as an embedded cryptographic unit. The Protected Tactical System capability ensures U.S. military forces can stay connected, informed and productive in a jammed operational environment.
The PTSFD program will demonstrate the ability to provide wideband anti-jam communications to tactical users using the Wideband Global Satellite Communications (SATCOM) constellation and commercial SATCOM. The program enables the U.S. government to move more rapidly by taking advantage of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems with limited development. The program also allows government users to take advantage of the commercial satellite fleet while providing superior protected communications. This will allow for a higher degree of operational flexibility and access to significantly more bandwidth than is possible with the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) constellation alone.
"ViaSat's history in technology innovation and proven performance in advanced waveform development, cyber security and satellite communications will enable the U.S. government to take a low risk, yet highly innovative approach to PTSFD," said Ken Peterman, senior vice president and general manager, Government Systems Division, ViaSat. "This PTW modem, coupled with our ViaSat-3 ultra-high capacity class of satellites, uniquely positions ViaSat to provide global, interoperable communications to deployed warfighters with the most assured, resilient and fastest satellite service available. We believe our service is orders of magnitude better than any other satellite service available today."
ViaSat was awarded a $33,291,975 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for protected tactical service PTSFD. Work will be performed at Carlsbad, California, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and five offers were received. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $11,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8808-16-C-0005).
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