Lockheed Martin Corp. has chosen Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. to provide a data link communications system for the U.S. Navy’s long range anti-ship missile program — known in Navy parlance as LRASM.
Terms of the follow-on contract were not disclosed.
Ken Peterman, president of ViaSat’s government systems unit, called the award “a huge milestone for us.
“It validates our approach to the weapon data link market by leveraging next-generation technology from our battlefield awareness and targeting system product line,” Peterman said in a prepared statement.
“The ViaSat data link units provide highly advanced communications capabilities and enhanced performance beyond previous weapon data link offerings, as well as a significantly reduced form factor with minimal development expense to our customers.”
The deal covers the integration and test phase of the Navy program. ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) will provide weapon data link L-Band units to support the overall missile test program’s data link communications requirements, as well as engineering support for software enhancements and flight test support.
L-band is one of several frequencies used for satellite communications.
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