ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has received delivery orders from PM Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below totaling $71.1 million under its Blue Force Tracking 2 (BFT-2) IDIQ contract. These contracts include terrestrial internet connectivity, 24/7 support for network operations, and additional production vehicular transceivers. The next generation BFT-2 systems are designed to enable much faster situational awareness updates and higher transmission speeds.
"These orders will enable ViaSat to accelerate ground vehicular transceiver production and support Army installation and field testing of the BFT-2 system this year," said Phil Berry, vice president of ViaSat Command and Control Situational Awareness (C2SA).
The ViaSat BFT-2 network securely transports command and control messages, and situational awareness updates at higher data rates than the BFT-1 network. The next generation BFT-2 network is also expected to improve situational awareness latency from minutes to just seconds.
The new BFT-2 system is derived from ViaSat mobile satellite communication technology, which enables fast, efficient network access using very small antennas. These systems provide communications-on-the-move (COTM) service to both military and commercial customers.
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