Carlsbad-based Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) announced on Sept. 20 that it received two Pentagon contracts to conduct research that will examine the use and implementation of fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks in the battlespace. The contracts were awarded through the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP). The work is expected to take three years.
Financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
“With 5G networks spreading globally and adversaries investing heavily in this capability, it is critical for the U.S. and its allies to understand and explore the potential of 5G technology in supporting war fighting operations,” said Craig Miller, president, Viasat Government Systems, in a statement issued by the company. “The rapid transport of information and data across domains is critical to advancing multi-domain operations and enabling joint force operations. Enhanced 5G bandwidth and connectivity for bases and mobile platforms at the tactical edge can offer commanders greater visibility to enhance C2 operations and increase situational awareness for the war fighter.”
The awards focus on two areas:
– Improving Command and Control (C2) applications and services: Viasat will provide C2 hardware packages that support Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), networking and cybersecurity software, and integrate those capabilities into tactical networks using 5G to improve visibility across the battlespace.
– 5G enhanced network deployment for Agile Combat Employment (ACE) operations in contested environments: Viasat will look at rapid configuration and deployment of secure 5G nodes at the tactical edge that could be required when operating in unknown battle zones.
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REVENUE: $2.26 billion in fiscal 2021 (Viasat’s fiscal year ends on March 31); $2.31 billion in fiscal 2020
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