Monday, July 25, 2016
ViaSat To Provide Broadband Internet To Air Force One
Carlsbad-based satellite broadband provider ViaSat has scored a high profile customer win, saying this morning that it will be providing in-flight Internet and connectivity services to Air Force One, along with other aircraft for senior leaders of the U.S. Government. According to ViaSat, the award from the United States Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) comes as a non-competitive, fixed-price contract, and will provide broadband internet to a a fleet of VC-25s, C-17s, C-32s, C-37s, C-40s and the complete range of VIP and special air mission aircraft. ViaSat said the contract is worth a cumulative value of $73.2M, and runs from June 1st, 2106 until May 31, 2017, with two six month options on the service. ViaSat said it was specifically selected to enable a "Situation Room in the Sky" experience, to stream full motion, high definition video to Air Force One and other aircraft; support HD video conference calling and voice over Internet; and more.