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ViaSat to deliver SATCOM equipment to ADF

31st July 2017 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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ViaSat has been selected by Northrop Grumman as a partner in the delivery of a next-generation satellite communications (SATCOM) network to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the company announced on 26 July.

Under Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B2 - a large multi-phase project to deploy an integrated wideband SATCOM system for the ADF - ViaSat will provide ground stations and dual-band Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite earth terminals.

The ground station will be located at the Kapooka military area, Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.

Colin Cooper, general manager, government and defence, ViaSat Australia, said: ‘Since 2012, ViaSat has been working as the prime contractor for the nbn satellite service ground system, which is a very similar system to that required by the ADF.’

Northrop Grumman was selected to build the ground stations and network management systems - which will be integrated into the WGS constellation of highly capable, secure military communications satellites - earlier in July.

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