ViaSat to Supply Antenna Systems to BAE Systems for Australian Defense Communications Upgrade

ViaSat to Supply Antenna Systems to BAE Systems for Australian Defense Communications Upgrade

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov 03, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) has been selected by BAE Systems Australia to provide satellite ground stations for a high-speed upgrade to Australian Defence Force (ADF) satellite communications. The ViaSat X-band and Ka-band satellite antenna systems are part of a network that is designed to provide Australian forces with enhanced access to the Australian Defence Wide Area Network, ADF headquarters, and support elements.

The network will be using bandwidth capacity on the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense, and other Australian defense satellites. The $9.4 million contract order is for multiple 9-meter Ka-band and 16-meter X-band earth terminals and services, with delivery scheduled for the third quarter of calendar 2011.

The new terminals will be installed at the ADF Satellite Ground Station in Western Australia (SGS-West). The SGS-West facility, being built by BAE Systems, is a complement to a similar system in Eastern Australia. In addition to faster data throughput, the new system is designed to increase the survivability and mission coverage needs of the ADF.

For ViaSat Antenna Systems product information, contact Rodolfo Munoz at +1 678-924-2522.

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 and products to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services. ViaSat also offers design capabilities and a number of complementary products including monolithic microwave integrated circuits and modules, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression, and mobile satellite antenna systems. ViaSat is based in Carlsbad, CA, has major locations in Duluth, GA, and Germantown, MD (Comsat Laboratories division), and has additional field offices and service centers worldwide.

Forward-Looking Statements

Portions of this release, particularly statements about the performance and deliveries of ViaSat antenna systems, 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 communications industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat’s SEC filings available at, including without limitation, ViaSat’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and 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. All additional products are trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE: ViaSat Inc.

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