CARLSBAD, Calif., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and the L-3 (NYSE: LLL) Platform Integration Division (L-3 PID) have signed a memorandum of agreement to provide private transport-class aircraft with in-flight connectivity services. Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate on a complete broadband satellite communication system for airline-sized planes that are custom-fit for use by heads of state and "VVIP" customers.
The in-flight communication system will combine an airborne shipset and global broadband network services from ViaSat with L-3 PID completion services, including system integration, design, engineering, installation, in-cabin passenger networking, and certification.
By working together, ViaSat and L-3 PID see an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of satellite communication systems for aircraft operators by streamlining the vendor review and selection process, and providing a proven package of advanced technologies, engineering skills, and program management."As we pursue this VVIP market with L-3 PID, we're building on a collaboration that has produced numerous mobile satellite system installations," said Paul Baca, vice president of ViaSat Global Mobile Broadband. "Together with their resources and understanding of these complex aircraft, we believe we can meet a very broad scope of customerli expectations for in-flight performance and operational support." "We feel that ViaSat has the most complete and advanced portfolio of satellite services, products, and technology in the commercial aviation industry. They have a long history of delivering satellite systems and services around the globe," said Ken McAlpin, vice president of Commercial Programs for L-3 PID. "HOS/VVIP customers expect the highest quality service, equipment, and workmanship on their aircraft and we're committed to providing that." ViaSat continues to enhance its global network with a recent capacity expansion and security to meet growing demands for in-flight services, including streaming media and high-speed Internet for the larger number of users that VIP aircraft typically carry.