ViaSat Inc., the Carlsbad maker of satellite equipment, said it received “a multimillion dollar award” from the U.S. government for broadband satellite service to support military aircraft.
The all Internet protocol service is designed to enable access to the commercial Internet as well as sensitive networks used by the Defense Department, and voice over Internet protocol sessions during transoceanic and transcontinental flights, the company said.
The initial one-year agreement is renewable for multiple years and includes options to add other aircraft, missions and supplemental service.
Military aircraft using the technology include MC-12, C-37, C-130, and more recent larger aircraft such as the C-17, the company said.
ViaSat said its ArcLight technology is already on more than 300 government aircraft that have logged more than 500,000 flight hours.