[Satellite TODAY 07-12-12] ViaSat has won a contract to provide X-band antennas and its MD-1366 Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem (EBEM) to Selex Elsag, which will use the offering to expand NATO static ground satellite communications in Belgium and Italy, and upgrade services in Greece and Turkey, ViaSat confirmed July 11.
The order is worth more than $10 million and includes multiple 16-meter and 11.3-meter X-band earth stations, ViaSat MD-1366 modems and services. The new terminals are scheduled for installation at NATO European sites with delivery starting by end of 2012.
ViaSat said it would design the technology to provide the Selex and NATO Satellite Ground Station (SGS) project with multicarrier-capable antennas and a secure, bandwidth-efficient open standard system to ensure coalition interoperability. “The MD-1366 EBEM replaces legacy, FDMA modems and ensures future interoperability with joint, allied and coalition forces, a key objective of the U.S. Army WIN-T program and other NATO nation partners,” ViaSat said in a company statement.