Viasat to Provide U.S. Air Force Special Warfare Operators with AN/PRC-161 BATS-D Handheld Link 16 Radios

Viasat Inc. was recently awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract worth a maximum ceiling of $90 million, to provide U.S. Air Force (USAF) special warfare operators with Battlefield Awareness Targeting System—Dismounted (BATS-D) handheld Link 16 radios.

In addition to equipment, the IDIQ award covers associated operator training and maintenance.

BATS-D, also known in the U.S. Department of Defense nomenclature as the AN/PRC-161 radio, is the world’s first and only handheld Link 16 radio. It bridges a critical gap between air and ground forces by providing warfighters at the tactical edge with real-time, secure, reliable access to integrated air and ground information for improved situational awareness and enhanced close air support communications.

“This IDIQ award demonstrates the value of the AN/PRC-161 handheld Link 16 radio for the unique mission requirements of today’s USAF operators,” said Ken Peterman, president, Government Systems, Viasat. “Today, nearly 2,500 AN/PRC-161 BATS-D radios have been shipped to U.S. warfighters worldwide, and we continue to see strong demand for its use across multiple military branches, and among coalition partners as it has the proven ability to significantly enhance situational awareness, improve mission coordination and accelerate decision timelines in a multi-domain battlespace.”

The IDIQ contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.




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