ViaSat Chooses Australia’s Williamtown Aerospace Centre-Technology Place to Advance Regional Government-Focused Maintenance, Training and Logistics Operations
WILLIAMTOWN, NSW Australia – February 16, 2016 – ViaSat Inc. (VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, announced today its plans to open a maintenance, training and logistics facility for its regional government-focused products, software and services businesses at the Williamtown Aerospace Centre –Technology Place. The facility is located adjacent to RAAF Base Williamtown, two hours north of Sydney, Australia.
The ViaSat operations, located in Building D within the Williamtown Aerospace Centre, are due to be completed in February 2016, with occupancy scheduled for March 2016. The facility will house maintenance, training and logistics operations for ViaSat Tactical Data Link (TDL) systems including the KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal, which provides real-time situational awareness and command and control via Link 16 applications and other secure, spectrum-efficient line-of-sight digital data links.
The Williamtown Aerospace Centre is a leading-edge centre for aerospace and aviation development and maintenance operations,” said Ken Peterman, senior vice president and general manager, Government Systems Division, ViaSat. “Creating a ViaSat presence at the Williamtown Aerospace Centre is key to providing complete turnkey TDL systems that support command and control, surveillance, intelligence, weapon status, and situational awareness communications in the region.”
Director, James Garvey commented, “We are pleased to welcome ViaSat as our newest tenant at the Williamtown Aerospace Centre. In working closely with them, we have tailored their facility to meet Department of Defence contract work requirements. The Williamtown Aerospace Centre is Hunter Valley’s Technology and Defence based employment cluster, and ViaSat is a positive addition to the list of growing companies taking residency at Technology Place.”
For more about ViaSat’s Tactical Data Links technology visit: https://www.viasat.com/systems-products/tactical-data-links.
About the Williamtown Aerospace Centre –Technology Place
The Williamtown Aerospace Centre (WAC) enables organisations to be part of Australia’s national and international Defence Technology capability. Stage 1, known as Technology Place, is currently comprised of two buildings with a third building under construction now, with each facility being custom designed to suit tenants’ requirements in fulfilment of ongoing Department of Defence contracts. Each property has been built to meet Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) ready Intruder Resistant Area. All tenancies at Technology Place have access to Defence Secure Networks (subject to Defence approvals).
Technology Place is located off the gateway to Newcastle Airport and Williamtown Drive – which enables businesses to be located with other aerospace and air industry companies, and adjacent to Australia’s largest operating Air Force base, RAAF Williamtown and Newcastle Airport for ease of access all over Australia.
ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) keeps the world connected. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access – anywhere – whether on the ground or in-flight. The Company’s innovations in designing highest-capacity satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal technologies coupled with its international network of managed Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband internet service, globally. For more information visit ViaSat at: www.viasat.com, or follow the Company on social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about the timeframe, use and strategy for activities within the Williamtown Aerospace Centre –Technology Place location. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: contractual problems or lease terms, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the Australian government and defence sectors generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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