Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. said it received a multiyear contract from the Boeing Co. to provide tactical wireless communications terminals for Apache Guardian helicopters. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The base contract calls for ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) to produce a minimum of 534 terminals over the next four years. The deal will eventually include options, ViaSat said. The terminals will go on AH-64E Apache helicopters built for the U.S. Army as well as foreign militaries.
ViaSat’s small tactical terminal “was developed at private expense to meet forecasted warfighter requirements, and is further evidence of the success of ViaSat’s commercial model for government use,” ViaSat said in a statement. “As a non-developmental item, the STT delivers capabilities significantly faster and at significantly lower total lifecycle costs to the U.S. government as compared to traditional government programs of record while being fully interoperable with program of record terminals.”
Terminals developed the conventional way, as Pentagon programs of record, include the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminal (known as MIDS-LVT for short) and Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (also known as MIDS JTRS).
ViaSat said it has ramped production to approximately 35 terminals per month, and that the move had been planned in advance.
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