First Delivery of MIDS JTRS Production Transition Terminal For F/A-18 Flight Testing

First Delivery of MIDS JTRS Production Transition Terminal For F/A-18 Flight Testing

2009-06-16 -

ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) has delivered the first pre-qualification Production Transition Terminal (PTT) version of the Multifunction Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) to the U.S. government. The first recipient is the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) China Lake for developmental flight testing on an F/A-18. Previous preliminary flight tests at China Lake and Naval Air Station Patuxent River used advanced engineering developmental terminals, referred to as Air Worthiness Terminals (AWTs). The MIDS JTRS is completing contractor qualification testing and F/A-18 integration in anticipation of a low-rate initial production order later this summer.

MIDS JTRS is a joint development of ViaSat and Data Link Solutions and provides a migration path from the MIDS Low Volume Terminal (MIDS-LVT) to a certified, re-programmable, software-defined radio architecture for tactical data links. The MIDS JTRS adds three programmable channels to the legacy Link 16 and TACAN capabilities of the MIDS-LVT. The three new channels are designed to host future advanced airborne networking waveforms. MIDS JTRS is “plug-and-play” backward compatible with MIDS-LVT so it can easily replace the LVT, but remain interoperable.

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Portions of this release, particularly statements about anticipated orders later this summer, and deliveries and performance of the ViaSat MIDS JTRS terminal, may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the telecommunications industry generally. The Company refers you to the documents it files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled Risk Factors in the Company's Form 10-K, which contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements. Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.


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