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ViaSat, Dassault Aviation enter deal for Falcon Aircraft

Tuesday 24 May 2016 | 09:22 CET | News
ViaSat entered into a multi-year agreement with Dassault Aviation to deliver a bundled global Ku-band broadband services offering, inclusive of in-cabin network equipment and in-flight connectivity service. Installation of the system will begin mid-calendar year 2016 on Falcon 8X.

ViaSat will first equip Falcon 8X with the ViaSat Ku-band terminal to provide operators with access to the internet and corporate network. The first aircraft delivered with the system will occur before the end of calendar year 2016. Dassault Aviation makes available the ViaSat Ku-band service on Falcon 8X aircraft by offering the ViaSat Mobile Terminal 1500 (VMT-1500-C) shipset, which includes a Ku-band antenna, modem and antenna control unit. The cabin network will use a Satcom Direct Router (SDR) provided by ViaSat. This system was optimised for mobile applications, with the ability to grow with future bandwidth demands. First shipset installations are being done in Little Rock Arkansas. Dassault Falcon Services is working on the STC for the Falcon 7X, based on the certification plans done for the Falcon 8x.



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