ViaSat Wins $9.4 Million Contract to Build Australian Military Ground Stations

November 4, 2009

] BAE Systems Australia has contracted ViaSat to provide satellite ground stations for a high-speed upgrade to Australian Defense Force (ADF) satellite communications for $9.4 million, ViaSat announced Nov. 3.
ViaSat will provide multiple 9-meter Ka-band and 16-meter X-band earth terminals and services, with delivery scheduled for the third quarter of calendar 2011. The new terminals will be installed at the ADF satellite ground station in Western Australia (SGS-West).

The new system is designed to increase the survivability and mission coverage needs of the ADF.
The Australian Defense wide area network will be using bandwidth capacity on the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) system in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense, and other Australian defense satellites.