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October 19, 2012

ViaSat and Harris Deliver 100th KOR-24 Small Tactical Terminal

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

ViaSat (News - Alert), Inc. and Harris Corporation recently announced the delivery of the 100th two-channel, KOR-24 Small Tactical Terminal (STT). ViaSat is a specialist of fixed and mobile satellite network services, and Harris Corporation (News - Alert) comprises experts in best-in-class assured communications products, systems and services.

In a statement, Dr. Jay Kaufman, GM of ViaSat Tactical Data Links, said that, "Our customers see tremendous value in having both air and ground situational awareness information available in a single radio terminal. The ability to bridge data between Link 16 and VHF/UHF networks is now much easier.”

STT, which effectively enhances and expands situational awareness data for military users, has been designed to optimize tactical data link equipment with respect to size, weight and power. The terminal comes with a number of software-based VHF/UHF military radio and Link 16 functions.

Weighing only 16 lbs, the terminal can be used in a number of applications ranging from ground vehicles and light aircraft, to small boats, helicopters and UAVs, as well as shelterized communication nodes.

"Interoperability is a high priority for the military,” said Ed Zoiss, vice president, C4ISR Electronics, Harris Government Systems. “With this combination of ViaSat and Harris technologies, we're extending interoperability to MIDS Link 16 terminals, JTIDS, and combat net radio systems, and it supports all TADIL J network messages, including Network Enabled Weapon (NEW)."

Harris is a premier communications and information technology company that specializes in providing government and commercial customers with best-in-class assured communications products, systems and services.

The company currently serves customers across 125 countries.

ViaSat is a specialist provider of fast, secure communications, Internet and network access to consumers, governments, enterprise and the military, regardless of their location. The company focuses on communication system designs in addition to manufacturing a variety of complementary products and technologies.

Edited by Braden Becker

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