US DoD Purchases ViaSat MIDS-LVT Block Upgrade 2 Development
[Via Satellite 12-11-13] The U.S. government has awarded ViaSat a development contract for Block Upgrade 2 (BU2) hardware and software upgrades to its Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) Link-16 terminals, valued at just under $34 million with options of for a further $5.7 million. The order resulted from a solicitation from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The order adds new functionality to the MIDS-LVT system fleet worldwide.
MIDS-LVT forms the backbone of the Link-16 network across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the international coalition. Core terminal functions include Link-16 data as well as secure voice with TACAN capabilities on selected terminals.