ViaSat awarded $27.6m MIDS-LVT Lot 12 order
ViaSat Inc. has received a delivery order valued at approximately $27.6 million for Multifunctional Information Distribution System - Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), MIDS Program Office (MPO) in San Diego, California. MIDS-LVT terminals provide greater situational awareness in combat for US Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and for US defense partners by gathering information into a digital view of the battlefield. The secure, high capacity, jam resistant, wireless system connects users with both digital data and digital voice communications. Deliveries of the Lot 12 MIDS-LVT units are scheduled to begin in July 2012 and continue through March 2013.
The MIDS-LVT Lot 12 order includes LVT(1) airborne and LVT(2) ground-based terminals under a five year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded in 2010. This new award includes LVT(1) terminal variants for F/A-18, EA-18G, E-2D, P-3, EP-3E aircraft and MH-60R/S helicopters, along with terminals for the BACN program and US Air Force applications. The MIDS-LVT Lot 12 order also includes LVT(2) terminal variants for various US Army, US Air Force, US Navy, and US Marine Corps applications, as well as terminals for Japan and spares for Australia under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
MIDS-LVT is part of a tactical radio system (non-satellite) that collects data from many sources and displays an electronic overview of the battlefield. The system is used by the US Navy, US Air Force, and US Army, as well as the military forces of other nations. ViaSat is one of two US government-qualified manufacturers of Link 16 MIDS terminals.