(Carlsbad, Calif., July 17, 2008) -- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) has been awarded a $9.8 million order for Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) Production Transition Terminals (PTTs). MIDS JTRS is designed to enable the warfighter to use multiple JTRS approved waveforms, such as the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW), and to increase channel information throughput and security.
With the Department of Defense advocating the software-defined radio approach of JTRS, the Navy has awarded contracts to engineer and qualify JTRS compliance into the next generation MIDS. ViaSat is one of two U.S. government-qualified developers of the MIDS JTRS - or MIDS-J - terminal, which is designed to be plug-and-play interchangeable for U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force platforms that use MIDS Low Volume Terminals (LVT) to retain the investment in MIDS LVT. This award is a follow-on to the initial PTT order received in June 2007 from the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego.
The terminal is designed to operate using new communication protocols and perform new applications that will more easily integrate into many host platforms. MIDS-J uses Link 16 and TACAN functions as well as three 2 MHz to 2 GHz programmable channels. MIDS-J provides improvements such as Link 16 enhanced throughput, Link 16 frequency re-mapping, and programmable crypto. This PTT order is for terminals with the three channel 2 MHz -2GHz capability as well as terminals with Link 16 and TACAN functionality only.