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ViaSat wins MIDS contract for RNLAF F-16s

December 3, 2003 (by Lieven Dewitte) - ViaSat Inc. said won a $30 million contract from the Royal Netherlands Air Force for military wireless communication equipment. ViaSat sells the devices, called Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminals (LVT), to military agencies seeking secure, high capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice communications.

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The terminals are sold by ViaSat and other companies under a program by the Department of Defense and France, Germany, Italy and Spain to produce a common communications system for use in combat. They were developed to counter communications problems experienced by NATO during combat in the former Yugoslavia from 1998 to 1999.

The order is for approximately 120 LVT(1) Low Volume Terminals for the RNlAF fleet of F-16 aircraft. ViaSat was awarded this competitively bid contract through a direct commercial order. This follows a previous competitive procurement by the RNLAF for the purchase of three LVT(1) terminals from ViaSat for their lead-the-fleet program. The Lead-the-fleet terminals were delivered to the RNLAF earlier this year.

The terminals recently completed testing on the Navy's F/A-18 aircraft, and they are now being tested on the Air Force's F-16 as well.