Antennas and Modems Selected by Selex for NATO Communications
Carlsbad, Calif. – July 11, 2012 – Selex Elsag Ltd has selected Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) to provide X-band antennas and the MD-1366 Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem (EBEM) to expand NATO static ground satellite communications in Belgium and Italy, and upgrade services in Greece and Turkey. Viasat technology is designed to provide the Selex and NATO Satellite Ground Station (SGS) project with multicarrier-capable antennas and a secure, bandwidth efficient, open standard system to ensure coalition interoperability.
The value of the contract is in excess of $10 million. The order is for multiple 16-meter and 11.3-meter X-band earth stations, Viasat MD-1366 modems, and services. The new terminals are scheduled to be installed and commissioned at NATO European sites with delivery starting by end of calendar 2012.
The MD-1366 EBEM replaces legacy, FDMA modems and ensures future interoperability with joint, allied, and coalition forces, a key objective of the U.S. Army WIN-T program and other NATO nation partners.
The MD-1366 is the industry’s only DSCS and WGS certified, fully STANAG 4486 ed.3 compliant modem. The modem eliminates the need for a separate Inline Network Encryptor (INE) with FIPS 140-2
Level 2 certified AES-256 bulk encryption.
For additional product information, contact Rodolfo Muñoz, Viasat Antenna Systems, at +1 678-924-2522.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about dates for delivery, installation, and commissioning of the terminals and future interoperability of the modems. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: 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 defense industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Viasat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.