Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced its Ku-/Ka-band multi-network, multi-mode Global Mobile Antenna (GMA) 5560-101 has successfully completed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) D0-160G certification process and the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) C-17 Modified Airworthiness Certification Criteria (MACC) testing. By completing both the certification and test programs, the Viasat antenna has demonstrated it can provide powerful in-flight broadband connectivity, enabling advanced situational awareness, en-route mission planning, and a host of other applications that demand the highest forward and return link capacity available.
The DO-160G certification enables Viasat's antenna to be immediately installed on select United States Air Force (USAF) and Foreign Military Sale (FMS) senior leader, VIP and other military aircraft. Passing all AFMC C-17 MACC tests demonstrates the antenna's ability to become fully-certified for USAF and FMS C-17 platforms. Viasat is in the process of submitting C-17 MACC test reports for official review.
The GMA 5560-101 is a second-generation, highly-capable, low-risk satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna for medium and wide-body aircraft. Its predecessor is operationally proven, currently flying on nine different aircraft platforms for USAF, commercial airline and FMS customers. The GMA 5560-101 antenna delivers a flexible architecture that is frequency- and satellite-agnostic, meaning it offers:
"The GMA 5560-101 is the first SATCOM antenna to successfully complete D0-160G certification and also pass the full suite of rigorous C-17 MACC testing, with zero gap analysis," said Ken Peterman, president, Government Systems, Viasat. "The GMA 5560-101 provides our senior leaders and military forces with the flexibility and resiliency to communicate and operate globally on multiple government and private sector networks both now and well into the future."
Source: ViaSat, Inc.
Date: Jul 31, 2018