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UHF Satellite Network System in Australia

$35 million award includes new Integrated Waveform for more efficient use of satellite capacity.

Carlsbad, Calif. – The Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence (ADF) has selected ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) to supply the UHF Satellite Communication (Satcom) Mission System for its recently-launched UHF capacity on Intelsat IS-22. The system is designed to provide voice and data military satcom covering a region from the west coast of Africa to the east coast of Australia. The value of the award to ViaSat is approximately $35 million.

The IS-22 satellite launched March 26 with a hosted UHF payload – representing about 30 percent of the satellite’s total capacity – dedicated to ADF communications. The ability to serve small, mobile terminals used by ground, sea, and air forces in all types of terrain make UHF especially suited to military satcom.

“The Network Control System will use satellites in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions to support the resource sharing partnership with the United States,” said Stephen Smith, Australia Minister for Defence. “The NCS will become a critical component for UHF communications for ADF personnel operating in the Middle East.”

Partnering with Australian industry, ViaSat is responsible for providing a complete UHF Network Control System that includes system architecture, design, development, integration and test, site preparation, equipment procurement and installation, and ongoing support. The system is also designed to include the Integrated Waveform (IW) for channel control and network terminals, enabling an increase in channel efficiency and available bandwidth.

“I think our ability to deliver IW capability is the significant reason we were chosen for this award,” said Jerry Goodwin, VP Business Development at ViaSat. “That technology is something we feel is important to maintaining a leadership position in global UHF satcom systems and services.”

ViaSat UHF systems are installed in the U.S. and internationally, including Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom.



Clearbox Systems receives letter recognising support of the Australian Defence Organisation

On 22 February 2012, Clearbox Systems was presented with a letter recognising the contribution made by Clearbox Systems in support of the Australian Defence Organisation. The letter refers to a Compass Monitoring and Control System that Clearbox Systems installed in 2011 in support of Defence’s Satellite Communication Research and Development Capability.

Click here to see the letter.

The Letter of Recognised Supply (LoRS) program is designed to help sustain Australian Defence industry capability by acknowledging the successful supply by an Australian Company to the Australian Defence Organisation.

To receive the LoRS a company needs to meet the standards of supply demanded by the Australian Defence Organisation. Products and services need to be supplied on time, on budget and to specification.

For more information on the LoRS Program, click here.

Commerical Radio Australia

Clearbox Systems awarded multiple DAB+ digital radio contracts

Clearbox Systems is pleased to announce that is has been awarded multiple Network Management System (NMS) contracts as part of Commercial Radio Australia’s continued roll out of DAB+ digital radio transmission infrastructure around Australia.

Clearbox Systems will be configuring and deploying the award winning Kratos Networks Compass management system as well as Mercury element managers for managing a number of remote sites. The remote sites will then be integrated into existing centrally located Compass systems in capital cities around Australia.

The contract awards continue Clearbox Systems history of engineering, delivering and supporting Compass Network Management Systems for Commercial Radio Australia.

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