ViaSat supplies multifunctional information distribution system terminals to Taiwan Ministry of National Defense

CARLSBAD, Calif., 14 Feb. 2007. ViaSat Inc. has been awarded an order valued at more than $12 million for multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS) terminals for the government of Taiwan. This award is for more than 70 LVT(1) configuration terminals plus spares under the foreign military sales (FMS) program through the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The order is for the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense.

CARLSBAD, Calif., 14 Feb. 2007.ViaSat Inc. has been awarded an order valued at more than $12 million for multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS) terminals for the government of Taiwan. This award is for more than 70 LVT(1) configuration terminals plus spares under the foreign military sales (FMS) program through the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The order is for the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense.

ViaSat also received a $3.1 million add-on award to the Lot 7 delivery order from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego. This add-on is for MIDS LVT(1), LVT(2), and LVT(7) configuration terminals for U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force applications. The Lot 7 delivery order has had multiple add-ons, bringing the total value of Lot 7 to nearly $90 million.

Paul Baca, vice president of Tactical Data Links at ViaSat, notes: "Taiwan has a large fleet of aircraft and we see this initial win as an excellent entry point for future business in Taiwan. These orders bring the value of our terminal awards since June of last year to more than $100 million."

MIDS LVT is part of a tactical radio system that collects data from many sources and displays an electronic overview of the battlefield using secure, high-capacity, jam-resistant digital data and voice.

The system is used on U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Army platforms and military platforms of other nations. ViaSat is one of two U.S. government-qualified manufacturers of Link-16 MIDS airborne terminals and is the only qualified manufacturer of the LVT(2) ground-based terminal.

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