ViaSat Upgrades Airborne ISR Network Return Link to 1 Mbps

ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has upgraded transmission rates for its airborne broadband network to improve performance in the network being used by nearly 100 U.S. airborne military satcom systems. Customers include Special Operations Forces (SOF) C-130s and a variety of other aircraft in the Middle East. Operators can now send high-resolution video and broadband data off the aircraft at speeds up to 1 megabit per second. The higher speed enables intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions to supply full motion video and other mission capabilities that improve the accuracy of ISR, at greater distances from locations being observed.

The 1 Mbps network upgrade is part of an ongoing roadmap for increasing airborne broadband data rates on the ViaSat mobile broadband network, and is implemented by loading new software onto installed terminals. The communications on-the-move (COTM) terminals gain the advantages of the increased speed while continuing to operate using lightweight, 12-inch VR-12 airborne antennas. The mobile satellite network enables simultaneous operation of multiple aircraft at multiple data rates, which maximizes network capacity over the theater of operations.

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) was the first military organization to use the high-speed Ku-band network on its C-130 aircraft. The small C-130 terminal attaches to the aircraft emergency escape hatch, so that operators can configure an aircraft for specific missions within a few minutes, without any permanent aircraft alterations. Now a number of aircraft are tapping into the network.

ViaSat mobile broadband installations now total over 800 systems. Applications include a mix of systems operating on integrated networks for general aviation, COTM, maritime, and high-speed rail. The terminals use ViaSat patented ArcLight® technology, which enables a very small antenna to deliver improved speed and performance compared to other mobile satellite alternatives.

For additional information, contact Larry Taylor, ViaSat Government Satcom Systems, at 760-476-2432 or email

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ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to virtually 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; is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services; and owns WildBlue, the premier Ka-band satellite broadband service provider. 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, Germantown, MD (Comsat Laboratories), and Greenwood Village, CO (WildBlue), along with additional field offices and service centers worldwide.