ViaSat Receives $ 9.8 Million Order for MIDS JTRS Production Transition Terminals

ViaSat Receives $ 9.8 Million Order for MIDS JTRS Production Transition Terminals

CARLSBAD, Calif., Jul 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- 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.

About ViaSat (

ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other 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’s four wholly owned subsidiaries, US Monolithics, Efficient Channel Coding, Enerdyne Technologies, and Intelligent Compression Technologies, design and produce complementary products such as monolithic microwave integrated circuits, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, and data acceleration and compression products. 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 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, 212-986-6667 or Scott Cianciulli, 212-986-6667 

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