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Viasat Awarded Spanish MoD Contract to Deliver Secure Broadband SATCOM on Airbus’ C295 MPA Fleet

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Viasat Awarded Spanish MoD Contract to Deliver Secure Broadband SATCOM on Airbus’ C295 MPA Fleet

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Viasat Awarded Spanish MoD Contract to Deliver Secure Broadband SATCOM on Airbus' C295 MPA Fleet
Viasat Awarded Spanish MoD Contract to Deliver Secure Broadband SATCOM on Airbus' C295 MPA Fleet

Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global leader in satellite communications, today announced that it is expanding its work with Airbus Defence and Space to provide its secure, flexible broadband Ku- and Ka-band airborne technology for the Airbus C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) that have been acquired by the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD). Viasat and Airbus Defence and Space will collaborate on the integration of Viasat’s dual-band (Ku/Ka) broadband terminal, the GAT-5530, into the Spanish C295 MPA fleet to provide a highly flexible, multi-band and multi-orbit, broadband SATCOM capability to support missions utilizing the sovereign, next-generation SpainSat NG satellites. The Airbus C295 is a highly reliable multirole and multi-mission tactical airlifter that is extremely versatile. It is currently operated by 37 countries around the world, having reached 300 orders earlier this year.

The integrated Viasat GAT-5530 terminal will deliver secure, reliable satellite connectivity to the Airbus C295 MPA aircraft, enhancing the Spanish military’s capabilities with resilient broadband SATCOM to support sovereign national security mission needs – including expanded command and control (C2) and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications. The GAT-5530 strengthens this operational capability by supporting the entire ITU Ku- and Ka-bands, including 3.5GHz of commercial and military Ka-band. This multi-faceted terminal offers significant operational flexibility for the Spanish MoD and other military customers seeking to increase resilience with multi-frequency (Ku/Mil-Ka/Commercial-Ka), multi-orbit (GEO, MEO, HEO), multi-network communications architectures.

Viasat’s second-generation Ku/Ka broadband airborne terminal is a multi-network, multi-orbital, and multi-band antenna that can operate across the full-ITU Ka-band spectrum. Delivering fast speeds to support multiple aircraft sensors, the GAT-5530 will keep you connected in real-time across the globe.
Viasat’s second-generation Ku/Ka broadband airborne terminal is a multi-network, multi-orbital, and multi-band antenna that can operate across the full-ITU Ka-band spectrum. Delivering fast speeds to support multiple aircraft sensors, the GAT-5530 will keep you connected in real-time across the globe. (Photo by Viasat)

“We are excited to expand our work with Airbus to support the Spanish Ministry of Defence with our highly flexible, multi-band terminal on the C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Our connectivity solutions are designed to support modern military operation requirements with advanced, secure and resilient satellite communications. This includes enabling seamless roaming between sovereign and commercial networks to provide superior resilience beyond the capabilities of traditional single-band or single-network access solutions,” said Victor Farah, Senior Vice President, Viasat Government. “This selection by the Spanish MoD underscores the trust and confidence in our ability to deliver enhanced mission connectivity solutions and to help global government customers significantly improve reliability and continuity across a range of operational environments.”

Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. With offices in 24 countries around the world, our mission shapes how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate and connect. Viasat is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, reliable, secure, affordable, fast connections to positively impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea, while building a sustainable future in space. In May 2023, Viasat completed its acquisition of Inmarsat, combining the teams, technologies and resources of the two companies to create a new global communications partner.

Viasat Awarded Spanish MoD Contract to Deliver Secure Broadband SATCOM on Airbus' C295 MPA Fleet
Proven during operational missions as a Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and deployed in Anti-Submarine Warfare/Anti-Surface Warfare (ASW/ASuW) duties, the C295 represents a modern, risk-free, and much more efficient alternative to older generation veterans such as the P-3 Orion or the Bréguet Atlantic, while its operating and maintenance costs are significantly lower. (Photo by Airbus)

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