ViaSat LinkWayS2 Net-Centric Broadband Modem Orders for U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corp. Total $25 Million

ViaSat LinkWayS2 Net-Centric Broadband Modem Orders for U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corp. Total $25 Million

CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct 01, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) has been awarded contracts totaling $25 million for LinkWay(R)S2 satellite modems to support the U.S. Army, USMC, and other DoD customers. The LinkWayS2 systems are for a variety of military communication programs, including WIN-T, SNAP, FHRN, SWAN, and C-MNF. LinkWayS2 modems provide single-hop, full mesh, high speed bandwidth-on-demand flexibility and efficiency that a hub-based satellite network system can’t provide for these applications. The modems delivered under these orders will also introduce DoD-approved transmission security (TRANSEC) to the LinkWay system as well as new LinkWayS2 system features that will provide continuing improvements in throughput and efficiency.

The LinkWayS2 system is a “single-hop” network that connects directly from one terminal to another -- even to multiple other sites at once -- rather than requiring a second relay through a central hub. In addition to direct links, the LinkWayS2 modems include a second demodulator to receive simultaneous DVB-S2 broadcast or multicast traffic from Global Broadcast System (GBS) in-theater transmitters.

“This is another big vote of confidence for the LinkWay system, which improves security, throughput, and operational bandwidth costs for the tactical IP satcom network,” said Ric VanderMeulen, VP and general manager of ViaSat Government Satcom Systems. “We look forward to continuing to provide our war fighters with the most flexible and efficient communications.”

Smaller in size, weight, and power, and with Wideband Global Satcom-ready IF bandwidth, the LinkWayS2 modem represents a new generation LinkWay system. It is 100% backwards-compatible with the widely deployed LinkWay2100 series modem, but brings customers the more advanced capabilities they need to increase throughput, transmission rates, and efficiency, including 8-PSK modulation, and open-standard Turbo coding.

About ViaSat (

ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services.The company owns five subsidiaries: US Monolithics, Efficient Channel Coding, Enerdyne Technologies, Intelligent Compression Technologies, and JAST. These companies design and produce complementary products such as monolithic microwave integrated circuits, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression products, and mobile satellite antenna systems.ViaSat has locations in Carlsbad, CA, and Duluth, GA, along with its Comsat Laboratories division in Germantown, MD. Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, Australia, China, India, Italy, and Spain.

Safe Harbor Statement

Portions of this release, particularly statements about the most widely used modem, development and delivery of new features, and the performance and deliveries of ViaSat products and technology, may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the telecommunications industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat’s SEC filings available at, including without limitation, ViaSat’s annual reports on Form 10-K and ViaSat’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Comsat Labs and Comsat Laboratories are tradenames of ViaSat, Inc. Neither Comsat Labs nor Comsat Laboratories is affiliated with COMSAT Corporation. “Comsat” is a registered trademark of COMSAT Corporation.

SOURCE: ViaSat Inc.

Brainerd Communicators Joe LoBello/Scott Cianciulli, 212-986-6667 

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