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
, 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
, 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.