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Viasat (VSAT) to Deliver Key SATCOM Service to U.S. Marine

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Viasat, Inc. (VSAT - Free Report) recently inked a contract with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to provide end-to-end satellite communications (SATCOM) support via a fully-managed service. The agreement extends the pilot and follow-on service program that Viasat completed in fiscal 2022.

Earlier, the company successfully delivered a fully-managed SATCOM as a Managed Service (SaaMS) solution to the USMC I Marine Expeditionary Force (“I MEF”), the largest warfighting unit in the Marine Corps.

This fully-managed SATCOM service includes a scalable, quickly deployable and resilient beyond-line-of-sight communication capability. Using on-demand satellite communication and data transmission, this technology allows I MEF to extend its command and control to the tactical edge and support Marine exercises, Marine Expeditionary Units and Stand in Force rotational deployments.

The SaaMS offers better adaptability to fulfill dynamic connectivity requirements, facilitate multi-domain operations and improve the safety of deployed forces through dependable and robust communications. The solution offers always-on, smooth roaming throughout Viasat's high-capacity commercial networks. The service's integrated Viasat Unified Customer Experience Portal will provide operational commanders and network managers with near real-time situational awareness, facilitating improved near real-time comprehension throughout the entire network.

Viasat operates in a dynamic and competitive market, including stalwarts from varied industries. The Government Systems segment faces threats from manufacturers of defense electronics products and systems such as General Dynamics.  In order to combat such competitive pressure, Viasat has to continuously customize its network offering as per needs, enhance the cost-effectiveness of its products and services and boost the satellite data networks. Increased competition results in price reductions, reduced margins and loss of market share.

Viasat has a trailing four-quarter negative earnings surprise of 350%, on average. Revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by $100 million in second-quarter fiscal 2023.

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