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Viasat Sells it GEO Satcom Antenna Product Line to CPI

By | March 14, 2018
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The Antenna Systems Division (ASD) of Communications & Power Industries (CPI), announced it has signed an agreement to purchase the limited-motion satellite antenna family from Viasat. CPI ASD will acquire Viasat’s 6m to 18m multi-band antennas while enabling Viasat to focus on antenna and communications technologies for the broadband services market. The purchase price for the antennas was not disclosed.

Per the agreement, Viasat will transfer a range of limited-motion antennas at sizes including 6m, 7.3m, 9.1m, 11.3m, 13.5m and 16/18m, plus a 3.9m truck-mounted antenna, all designed for multi-band operation at C, Ku and DBS frequency bands. These products will be integrated into the CPI ASD satcom product line, which currently extends from nomadic 2.5m antennas up to 9.4m multi-band earth stations. CPI ASD will manufacture the large-diameter antenna products at its facilities in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

The sale of the limited-motion GEO Satcom antennas will allow Viasat to exit a non-core business in antenna manufacturing to focus on its Ka-band services business and related technologies. As part of the agreement, CPI will serve as a source for Viasat in the fulfillment of satellite ground system orders.

The agreement is focused on the purchase of antenna technologies and is not expected to have an impact on employee headcount at either company. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close within 30 days.