ViaSat has been awarded a follow-on contract by Lockheed Martin to provide data links for the Navy's Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, or LRASM.

ViaSat will support LRASM's integration and test phase. The company will provide Weapon Data Link L-Band Units for the LRASM program's data link communications requirements, as well as engineering support for software enhancements and flight-test support, according to a ViaSat announcement.

"Being selected by Lockheed Martin to provide the datalink unit for LRASM is a huge milestone for us," said Ken Peterman, president of government systems at ViaSat. "It validates our approach to the weapon datalink market by leveraging next-generation technology from our Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System (BATS) product line.

"The ViaSat datalink units provide highly-advanced communications capabilities and enhanced performance beyond previous weapon datalink offerings as well as a significantly reduced form factor with minimal development expense to our customers."

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