US Government extends ViaSat contract for in-flight connectivity


ViaSat's Don Buchman with its dual Ku/Ka array.

ViaSat’s Don Buchman with its dual Ku/Ka array.

The United States Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has extended its contract with ViaSat to continue to provide senior leaders and support staff with in-flight broadband and connectivity services.

As outlined in the original DISA contract, there are two options for extension, and the first was executed on June 1, 2017.

The contract extension is part of a non-competitive firm-fixed price contract, which focuses on ViaSat providing high-quality broadband and connectivity services, via its global Ku- and Ka-band communications satellite network, to senior leader and VIP aircraft when in-flight.

Ken Peterman, President, Government Systems, ViaSat, said: “Our DISA award extension validates the maturity and performance of our certified, field-proven, hybrid Ku-/Ka-band networked satellite system.

“We have continued to successfully pass critical testing milestones and meet key deliverables, as stated in our agreement with DISA, which led to this extension. We anticipate DISA will execute the next option based on our ability to meet in-flight connectivity and exceed cybersecurity expectations.”

The ViaSat satellite system uses hybrid terminal technology to enable automatic and rapid in-flight network switching across Ku- and Ka-band satellite networks for optimised global roaming connectivity.

ViaSat says this is unique to its solution and is not offered by any other service provider today.

The service enables “an Office in the Sky” experience – with the ability to use the in-flight broadband connection to stream full-motion high-definition video for en-route Command and Control (C2) missions; maintain two-way communications through HD video conference calling or voice over internet protocol calls; access real-time intelligence and other location-based, live-sensor data for critical decision-making and more.

The face value of the contract extension is $19,277,009 funded by fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funding.

The total cumulative face value of the contract is $73,217,722.

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US Government extends ViaSat contract for in-flight connectivity was last modified: July 31st, 2017 by Steve Nichols
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