ViaSat Bags Contract to Modernize the U.S. Navy's Joint UHF Satcom System

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), awarded ViaSat a sole source contract for engineering, technical services and hardware/software products in support of the U.S. Navy's joint Ultra High Frequency (UHF) military satellite communications (satcom) system. This award highlights the U.S. Government's commitment to maintaining the long-term viability of proven UHF systems; ensuring Navy warfighters have ongoing support and access to proven communications technology when in the battlespace.

Under this particular contract, ViaSat will help support the sustainment and modernization of the joint UHF military satcom network integrated control system, UHF satcom channel controllers and user terminals. In addition, they will provide a path to a modern crypto design for next-generation UHF terminals.

The UHF military satcom has a long history enabling beyond line-of-sight communication across the battlespace, and provides a solid, 'always available' communications solution. This award reflects the Navy's commitment to using proven UHF radios and channel controllers already deployed worldwide, mitigating risk with non-fielded communications systems in order to ensure continued and enhanced capabilities for the warfighter many years into the future.

Award Details:

According to SPAWAR, the face value of this award is over $48 million with indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract. This contract has a five-year ordering base period up to the contract award amount and an option for another five-year ordering period to be negotiated prior to exercise of the option. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated as individual delivery orders are issued. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.