Viasat’s dual-band airborne SATCOM antenna completes D0-160G certification and C-17 MACC testing

Viasat Inc., a global communications company, today announced its Ku-/Ka-band multi-network, multi-mode Global Mobile Antenna (GMA) 5560-101 has successfully completed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) D0-160G certification process and the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) C-17 Modified Airworthiness Certification Criteria (MACC) testing. By completing both the certification and test programs, the Viasat antenna has demonstrated it can provide powerful in-flight broadband connectivity, enabling advanced situational awareness, en-route mission planning, and a host of other applications that demand the highest forward and return link capacity available.

The DO-160G certification enables Viasat’s antenna to be immediately installed on select United States Air Force (USAF) and Foreign Military Sale (FMS) senior leader, VIP and other military aircraft. Passing all AFMC C-17 MACC tests demonstrates the antenna’s ability to become fully-certified for USAF and FMS C-17 platforms. Viasat is in the process of submitting C-17 MACC test reports for official review.

The GMA 5560-101 is a second-generation, highly-capable, low-risk satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna for medium and wide-body aircraft. Its predecessor is operationally proven, currently flying on nine different aircraft platforms for USAF, commercial airline and FMS customers. The GMA 5560-101 antenna delivers a flexible architecture that is frequency- and satellite-agnostic, meaning it offers:

  • Compatibility with all existing medium earth orbit (MEO) and geostationary orbit (GEO) commercial Ku-, Ka- and MIL-Ka band satellites today;

  • Access to a Hybrid Adaptive Network (HAN) that allows users to seamlessly operate across different networks (both government and private sector), creating an end-to-end network that provides mitigation against congestion situations, intentional and unintentional interference sources, and cyber threats through implementation of layered resiliency in highly contested environments;

  • Lower total ownership costs by standardizing large multi-mission fleets, allowing customers to choose their own service providers with a single solution, simplifying the logistics requirements; and

  • An advanced antenna solution that will be forward-compatible with next-generation high-capacity satellites, like the ViaSat-3 constellation and beyond.

“The GMA 5560-101 is the first SATCOM antenna to successfully complete D0-160G certification and also pass the full suite of rigorous C-17 MACC testing, with zero gap analysis,” said Ken Peterman, president, Government Systems, Viasat. “The GMA 5560-101 provides our senior leaders and military forces with the flexibility and resiliency to communicate and operate globally on multiple government and private sector networks both now and well into the future.”

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