The Pentagon has awarded Viasat as much as $560 million worth of work over eight years. Under the deal, Viasat (Nasdaq: VSAT) will provide satellite communications to aircraft carrying VIPs, U.S. government senior leaders and support staff.

The firm fixed-price deal consists of a $55.7 million base year and seven option years. The initial year began Sept. 1 and ends Aug. 31, 2019. The deal calls for Viasat to provide satellite communications on the Ka-band and Ku-band, which are similar to two different TV channels.

The contract was not competitively bid, according to an Aug. 30 Pentagon announcement.

Over the past two and a half years, Carlsbad-based Viasat has provided in-flight broadband and connectivity services to senior leader aircraft under the AMSS IIa contract.

“Our best-in-class connectivity service with advanced cyber protection for secure air-to-ground communication ensures senior leaders are connected — virtually anywhere they fly,” Ken Peterman, president of the government systems business at Viasat, said in a prepared statement.

The Defense Information Systems Agency at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois awarded the deal.