Ken Peterman: ViaSat to Provide Wideband Anti-Jam Communications System to US Military

ViaSat Inc ImageViaSat has been awarded a $33.3 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide a wideband anti-jam communications system that will work to connect military forces in jammed operational environments.

The Protected Tactical Service Field Demonstration program seeks an anti-jamming system to support tactical users on the Wideband Global Satellite Communications and commercial satcom networks, the company said Monday.

The program seeks to help federal agencies use commercial off-the-shelf systems and the commercial satellite fleet to facilitate secure communications, operational flexibility and additional bandwidth through the Advanced Extremely High Frequency constellation, ViaSat added.

The company will provide a Protected Tactical Waveform modem and an embedded cryptographic unit under the PTSFD program.

Ken Peterman, senior vice president and general manager of ViaSat’s government systems division, said the PTW modem and the ViaSat-3 satellites will work to provide interoperable communications to deployed warfighters.

The Space and Missile Systems Center competitively awarded the contract, which runs through September 2020.

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