Hybrid Adaptive Network for Broadband Connectivity
California-based Viasat announced on 6 September that the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded it an eight year firm, fixed price contract to provide US government senior leader and VIP aircraft with in-flight broadband and connectivity services. The base year and seven 12-month option periods have a total cumulative value of $559.8 million.
The new contract builds on the company’s performance in supplying these services to the target market for the last two and a half years. Leveraging Viasat’s continuous improvement, continuous development model, this new contract enables Viasat to provide even more advanced broadband connectivity service options with expanded coverage and increased data rates, as well as enhanced security, resiliency and flexibility.
The service enables an elite connectivity experience with the ability to use the in-flight broadband connection to stream full-motion high-definition video for en-route Command and Control missions; to maintain two-way communications through HD video conference calling or voice over internet protocol calls; and to access real-time intelligence and other location-based, live-sensor data for critical decision-making and more.
“We are proud to provide US government senior leaders with a proven in-flight broadband connectivity experience. 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,” commented Viasat’s President, Government Systems, Ken Peterman. “This contract validates the value of our Hybrid Adaptive Network (HAN) that’s continually improving and embracing emergent satellite network capabilities across multiple bands and multiple networks. The distinguished performance of our HAN architecture is representative of the elite capacity, resilience, security, and speed available on Viasat’s global broadband network.”
Viasat’s unique HAN uses cutting-edge hybrid terminal technology to enable automatic and rapid in-flight network switching across Ku- and Ka-band satellite networks, as well as multiple orbital regimes for optimised global roaming connectivity. In addition, the HAN leverages Viasat’s latest innovations in layered resilience to mitigate against congestion, intentional and unintentional interference sources and rapidly evolving cyber threats in highly contested environments.