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Viasat (VSAT) Wins Defense Research Contracts to Test 5G Feasibility

Viasat, Inc. VSAT has secured two research contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”) to evaluate the potential and feasibility of 5G connectivity in the battlefield. The Carlsbad, CA-based company has been working with DoD to address challenging communications issues across multiple network domains.

The research contracts, which will be conducted over a span of three years, were awarded through the Information Warfare Research Project. These contracts are part of the $600 million 5G research program that was announced last year by DoD. The initiative aims to assess how the fifth-generation technology can boost warfighting capabilities.

With the exponential growth of the 5G networks globally, the need for an advanced communications infrastructure even in the battle zone holds utmost importance. Viasat is working with U.S. armed forces to explore the benefits of 5G bandwidth and connectivity for bases and mobile platforms at the tactical edge to not only boost multi-domain operations but also enable joint force operations, thereby improving situational awareness.

The contracts focus on two key areas — 5G enhanced network deployment for Agile Combat Employment operations in extreme environments and improving Command and Control (C2) applications and services. The first research area relates to providing C2 hardware packages that bolster command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), cybersecurity and networking software.

Through the second research scope, Viasat intends to scout for ways that will help in achieving swift deployment of secure 5G nodes at the tactical edge. The company will also test 5G resiliency in warfighting operations through bandwidth-intensive applications such as ISR mapping.

To conduct these research experiments, Viasat intends to leverage its System Integration Lab, NetAgility product, and Expeditionary Lightweight Integrated Tactical Edge Kit solution with a 5G gateway. These state-of-the-art platforms will enable network dimensioning and provide DoD multi-path transport and network management support with adequate backing for C2 application experiments.

Apart from these trailblazing solutions, the satellite broadband services provider will build 5G digital twin model to analyze rapid network configuration while addressing high bandwidth requirements. Given the company’s long-standing relationship with the U.S. DoD, the latest achievement is expected to generate new revenue streams, thereby indicating a healthy potential for Viasat’s growth in the long run.

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