The U.S. Army has selected ViaSat Inc. to build defense communication electronics for use on AH-64E Apache helicopters.

ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) said the Army recently notified the company of the selection following successful flight tests.

ViaSat will build a piece of gear called the Link 16 small tactical terminal. The company did not say publicly what the financial implications of the deal might be. As yet there is no contract, said a ViaSat spokeswoman.

The small tactical terminal is the latest generation of small, two-channel, Link 16 and VHF/UHF radio terminals. While in flight, the radios provide simultaneous communication, voice or data, on Link 16 and Soldier Radio Waveform — two key communication channels for the “battlefield of the future.”

ViaSat employs more than 2,800 people and splits its work between the defense and consumer markets.

— SDBJ Staff Report