Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. will receive a contract modification worth $166.3 million on a communication system for the U.S. military, the Defense Department announced.

Under the contract, ViaSat will perform systems engineering and integration of an electronics package called multifunctional information distribution system. In Pentagon shorthand, the radio system is called MIDS. Work will be done on two MIDS projects: low-volume terminals as well as the next-generation joint tactical radio system, aka JTRS.

U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy platforms all use MIDS.

Work will continue through March. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, or Spawar, issued the contract.

A second company — Data Link Solutions LLC of Cedar Rapids, Iowa — will receive a similar contract modification. Data Link Solutions is a joint venture of BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins.

— SDBJ Staff Report