Global communications company Viasat has secured a new contract to deliver critical mission networking and communications equipment, as well as sustainment and support services to the US Special Operations Forces.

With an initial value of $350m, the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract will allow the forces to upgrade ground and air situational awareness.

Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), tactical data links, terrestrial networking, satellite communications and cybersecurity are among the equipment and services that will be provided under the contract.

The new contract is designed to expand and evolve over time in line with the technology advancements in mobile, cybersecurity and broadband satellite communications sectors.

“The new contract is designed to expand and evolve over time in line with the technology advancements.”

Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will be able to acquire, deploy and evolve a wide range of new operational capabilities under the developing contract. This will allow SOCOM to support its present and future missions.

Viasat Government Systems president Ken Peterman said: “We at Viasat have a deep and enduring commitment to our growing partnership with SOCOM.

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“As a part of that commitment, we continue to exploit opportunities to apply our cutting-edge commercial technologies to rapidly develop and deploy new and advanced military operational capabilities in support of SOCOM’s most critical missions.

“This sole source award establishes a comprehensive contract vehicle enabling SOCOM to rapidly acquire and deploy these new and modern capabilities in support of evolving mission scenarios faster than ever before.”

The deal supports the US Department of Defense initiatives to upgrade the military’s tactical network.