Satellite Technology Feature Article
ViaSat Completes Phase 1 UHF Satcom Integrated Waveform Installation for UK Ministry of Defense
By Sujata Garud, TMCnet Contributor
VSAT has implemented an Integrated Waveform Network Control Station (IW NCS) for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (MOD). The IW is designed to allow the UK MOD to make the most efficient use of its UHF satcom assets with seamless voice and data assignments across 5 and 25 kHz UHF channels.
The next phase, Final Operational Capability (FOC), will enable the U.K. MOD to plan and control two IW master channels simultaneously and include built-in failover redundancy.
The successful installation and testing of the IOC is a major milestone toward providing the U.K. MOD with advanced UHF satcom networking.
In addition, IW significantly improves voice quality and interoperability with U.S. military forces in theater. The turnkey Initial Operational Capability (IOC) installation includes ViaSat RT-18xx based terminal hardware, together with UHF satcom antennas from Spirit River PTY LTD.
Recently, ViaSat announced that the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command has chosen the company to engineer advanced information security into common, off-the-shelf mobile devices. Armed with their own smartphone and ViaSat security software, warfighters can become a sensor on the network, contributing information to multiply force effectiveness at a fraction of the cost, with faster network access and more capability compared to traditional handheld radios.
The contract award includes a series of progressive developments, with an initial award of approximately $2.4 million, and options for further engineering and design.
Jon Korecki, executive director of Secure Network Systems at ViaSat, said, "People want to bring the capabilities of their mobile devices right along with them on their missions. We have a number of ongoing developments to deliver a secure mobile enterprise system that can work those devices seamlessly into a variety of carrier networks."
The first phase of the U.S Marine contract calls for ViaSat to develop and deliver 150 mobile proof-of-concept devices for Department of Defense (DoD) testing and integration. The development is expected to be complete by spring of 2013 with the new secure mobile system available on any Android (News - Alert) device.
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Edited by Braden Becker