Viasat, a global communications company, has announced the establishment of two maintenance, test and integration facilities (MTIF) in Canberra and Newcastle.
The facilities are located to align with the Commonwealth's needs and provide access to enhanced service and support capabilities for the ADF.
The first MTIF, established within the Canberra airport precinct, was developed to provide technical support, product demonstrations and repair capabilities for military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) products. The second MTIF, strategically located near the Williamtown airbase in Newcastle, will support training, technical support and repair capabilities for Viasat's expansive line of Link 16 products.
In addition to providing training and technical support, these two facilities are equipped to provide Intermediate Level (I-Level) depot support for significantly faster repair capabilities.
"Viasat is investing heavily in sovereign capabilities across Australia to significantly enhance mission effectiveness for ADF personnel," Colin Cooper, general manager, Government Systems, Viasat Australia, said. "Over the last year, our team has invested resources toward acquiring top talent, obtaining quality certifications, advancing our technical training, and systematic and technical processes.
"These efforts combined will provide an increased level of in-country support for Viasat's narrowband and wideband MILSATCOM systems, information assurance solutions and Link 16 offerings."