ViaSat awarded US Navy UHF satcom work
ViaSat will provide engineering, technical services and hardware/software products in support of the US Navy’s joint Ultra High Frequency (UHF) military satellite communications (SATCOM) system, the company announced on 22 August. The work comes under a sole source contract awarded by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).
The company will help support the sustainment and modernisation of the joint UHF military SATCOM network integrated control system, UHF SATCOM channel controllers and user terminals; as well as providing a path to a modern crypto design for next-generation UHF terminals.
The work will ensure that the US Navy retains its access to proven UHF communications systems.
Ken Peterman, senior vice president and general manager, government systems division, ViaSat, said: ‘UHF military SATCOM has a long history enabling beyond line-of-sight communication across the battlespace, and provides a solid, ‘always available’ communications solution.
‘This award reflects the navy’s commitment to using proven UHF radios and channel controllers already deployed worldwide, mitigating risk with non-fielded communications systems in order to ensure continued and enhanced capabilities for the warfighter many years into the future.’
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