The Boeing Company has recently awarded ViaSat Inc., a global provider of secure networking services and high-speed satellite broadband services covering commercial and military markets, a contract for the production of around 90 Link 16 Small Tactical Terminals (STT). These Small Tactical Terminals will be used for the Lots 5 and 6 on the production line for the AH-64E Apache Guardian Attach Helicopter.
The AH-64 Apache is used by the United States Army as well as various other international defense forces and is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter. The contract awarded by Boeing will cover the full-rate of STT production for Apache helicopters for the next two years. The STT has also been chosen by the United States Government as the long-term radio solution for Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) and Link 16 capability for the AH-64E Apache helicopters. The loyalty to the STT is due to the terminal’s capabilities to save the United States government around $250M while simultaneously meeting the ongoing needs of current warfighters over the life of the program.
"The AH-64E Apache award is a significant milestone for ViaSat in that it enables us to deliver critical communications capabilities for Army aviation while providing a logistically common solution for Link 16 needs across multiple applications," said the general manager and senior vice president of the Government Systems.
Division at ViaSat, Ken Peterman. "Our strategy in the defense market has been to recognize critical warfighter needs and apply our commercial model to develop inventive solutions with availability years ahead of, and at a fraction of the total cost of traditional DoD programs of record. We see this AH-64E Apache award as validation for our strategy and a key first step in laying the groundwork for future terminals that will provide key operational data to warfighters but in form factors previously considered unimaginable."
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