July 26, 2017 - ViaSat Inc. was selected by Northrop
Grumman Corporation as a key partner in the delivery of a next-generation
satellite communications (SATCOM) network to the Australian Defence Force
(ADF). Under a program known as Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B2, a large
multiphase project to deploy an integrated wideband SATCOM system for the ADF,
ViaSat will provide its proven ground stations and dual-band Wideband Global
SATCOM (WGS) satellite earth terminals. ViaSat has a long history of delivering
SATCOM equipment globally, to customers in the United States, Canada, Europe
and Australia. Most recently, ViaSat delivered a number of complete ground
stations for Australia's National Broadband Network (nbn) program.
Specifically under the 5B2 Program, prime contractor Northrop Grumman will work
with ViaSat to deliver a satellite ground station at Kapooka Military Area,
Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and a wideband SATCOM network management system
to support home station and deployed forces.