San Diego Business Journal

ViaSat Electronics Orders Going to U.S., Turkey

By Brad Graves Tuesday, September 25, 2012

ViaSat Inc. recently received a $34 million contract for communication electronics from the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as a $15.8 million delivery order.

The bulk of the delivery order — 79 percent — is a foreign military sales order for the government of Turkey. The balance of the equipment is for the United States.

The electronics are called MIDS-LVT, and they are for data and voice communications. MIDS stands for multifunctional information distribution system. LVT indicates low-volume terminal.

Some 30 percent of the work will be done in Carlsbad. Work on the delivery order will be completed by early 2016.

The $34 million contract is a firm fixed-price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for development and production of MIDS-LVT cryptographic modules. The cryptographic module will replace the communication security and transmission security hardware in MIDS, extending the life of the product line.

All U.S. services — the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army — use the electronics.

— Brad Graves