AAI UAS, ViaSat Enter UAS Communications Alliance

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and ViaSat entered into a strategic alliance to align AAI’s advanced unmanned aircraft and command and control technologies with ViaSat integrated airborne and terrestrial satellite communications, as well as its Internet Protocol-based networking and security technology.

Under the agreement, the organizations intend to develop and mature beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications capabilities for current and next-generation AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems aircraft.

Along with fellow Textron Systems business Overwatch, AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems and ViaSat collaborate on the Forward Airborne Secure Transmission and Communication, or FASTCOM, system. FASTCOM is an end-to-end, mobile cellular network that accommodates Top Secret smartphone communications.

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Source: Aviation Today :: Top Stories

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