Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, announced today its Multi-Mission Terminal (MMT), the AN/TSC-241, has started the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Skynet satellite communications (SATCOM) architecture assurance and certification process, which will authorize the terminal's operation on the Skynet X-band system as well as other government and commercial networks. Viasat expects to complete the certification process during December 2019.
Viasat's MMT, being a tri-band, multi-network software-defined solution, delivers high-quality IP-based voice, video and data networking across multiple networks in both highly contested and benign environments around the world. Using a portable terminal design, the MMT is an ideal networking solution for forward operating bases, as it enables users to securely access networks and establish command post communications quickly and easily. During the 2018 multinational Saber Strike exercise, which trained U.S., NATO and coalition forces on security and threat preparedness, field personnel were able to use the MMT's integrated smartphone app to easily establish communications with minimal training. Other field-proven performance advantages of the MMT included:
"By certifying Viasat's MMT on the Skynet architecture, the UK MoD will be able to maintain the operational and information advantage needed in today's escalating threat environment," said Ken Peterman, president, Government Systems, Viasat. "The MMT will provide the UK MoD with easy access to secure, resilient, high-speed, multi-orbit, multi-frequency band and multi-network SATCOM architectures, which will deliver the advanced connectivity needed to integrate into the battle-network of the future."
The MMT is designed to switch between both government and private sector assured, resilient, integrated networks (ARIN). In addition, the MMT's CBM-400 software-defined modem will allow customers to switch between multiple waveforms as well as multiple networks and upgrade to Viasat's next-generation Ka-band network. The CBM-400 is also the first software-defined, multi-waveform, certified modem available to U.S. and coalition military organizations.
"This software-defined, tri-band, multi-network terminal further exemplifies Viasat's ability to rapidly deliver cutting-edge technologies suited for MoD and coalition forces' unique mission requirements," said Steve Beeching, managing director, Government Systems, Viasat UK. "The MMT builds on our ability to deliver ARIN and the information connectivity needed to power the battle-network of the future. We want the ability for our customer to better connect their forces across today's rapidly evolving battlespace with the aim to help weaponize information."
Source: ViaSat, Inc.
Date: Nov 6, 2019