Harris Corporation wins $18 million ViaSat order for MIDS military tactical communications hardware

MELBOURNE, Fla., 26 April 2010. Harris Corp. won a two-year, $18 million follow-on contract from ViaSat Inc. for additional hardware to be integrated into Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) terminals. MIDS terminals provide military forces with high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital communication links to exchange tactical information, including data and voice, among users in the air, on the ground, and at sea.

Apr 26th, 2010

Posted by Courtney E. Howard

MELBOURNE, Fla., 26 April 2010. Harris Corp. won a two-year, $18 million follow-on contract from ViaSat Inc. for additional hardware to be integrated into Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) terminals. MIDS terminals provide military forces with high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital communication links to exchange tactical information, including data and voice, among users in the air, on the ground, and at sea. The follow-on award brings the overall value of the contract for Harris to $192 million since 2000.

Harris is providing an enhanced voice card, power supply assemblies, processor modules, and the chassis for each of the terminals, as well as comprehensive environmental testing of the completed assemblies for ViaSat's MIDS Low Volume Terminal (LVT).

The LVT provides U.S. military forces with voice and data transmission capabilities based on Link 16 protocol requirements for digital tactical communications.

MIDS provides interoperable data communications that link fighter aircraft to airborne controllers, surveillance radars, collection assets, and ground-based command and control nodes. The MIDS LVT Link 16 protocol provides combat aircraft with integrated information from the battlefield, including threat and targeting data in near real-time.

U.S.-allied nations are high-potential customers for the MIDS application.

The ViaSat/Harris team is under contract to the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) for full-rate production of various models of MIDS, which are installed in military aircraft, such as the U.S. Navy F/A-18 and the U.S. Air Force F-16, and also used in ground-based applications in shelters, vehicles, and weapon systems, such as the Patriot missile defense system.

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