ViaSat, AYESAS Enter into Cooperation for Tactical Data Link Technologies and Services
ISTANBUL, May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- (IDEF 2015; Hall 3-Stand 315) -- Aydin Yazilim ve Elektronik San. A.S.
(AYESAS) of Turkey and ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), an innovator in broadband and communication technologies and services, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cover exploration of and cooperation in identifyingTactical Data Link (TDL) products and services opportunities in Turkey and other international markets. The MOU areas of focus include manufacturing of components, software and hardware development and testing, and maintenance and repair services.
AYESAS is a Tactical Data Link software supplier to the Turkish Armed Forces for ATDL-1, Link-1, Link-11/B and Link 16 requirements as well as an advanced electronics and electro-mechanical assembly supplier for major global aerospace and defense companies. AYESAS is recognized globally for its ability to offer great flexibility, cost efficiency, accuracy and innovation power along the entire value chain of tactical data link solutions.
ViaSat is a leading supplier of Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low-Volume Terminals includingMIDS-LVT(1) to F-16 fleets worldwide and MIDS-LVT(2) terminals for integration into a variety of platforms. With a full range of terminals, support equipment, training, and field support, ViaSat provides complete turnkey systems to support command and control, surveillance, intelligence, weapon status and situational awareness communications over Link 16.
"With the signing of the MOU, AYESAS and ViaSat are building a strong synergy that will focus on providing Tactical Data Link products and services to joint and coalition forces," said Mr. Aziz Sipahi, general manager of AYESAS. "The MOU is the ideal approach to support armed forces communications requirements by utilizing both companies' well-known expertise and know-how."
"Our partnership with AYESAS is a testament to our commitment to expand the provision of Link 16 products and services not only in Turkey but throughout NATO and our coalition allies," said Dr. Jay Kaufman, general manager, Tactical Data Links, ViaSat. "With Tactical Data Link software expertise provided by AYESAS and ViaSat's vast experience providing Link 16 communications systems, we can help military personnel exchange real-time situational awareness information and voice communications across the battlefield."
AYESAS is a joint venture of Zorlu Group of Turkey (60%) and L-3 Communications of the USA (40%), located in Ankara, Turkey and has around 250 employees. As an internationally competitive Engineering and Manufacturing Service provider, AYESAS offers best valued solutions in air defense systems, advanced electronics assemblies for naval and airborne systems and safety critical avionics & embedded software.
ViaSat engineers creative ways to connect people to new communication applications with networking systems and services that enable a fast, cost-efficient, secure, and high-performance connection to virtually any location. The Company offers Exede® high-speed internet and broadband services in North America; worldwide mobile satellite services, including global tracking and messaging as well as high-speed in-flight internet; satellite broadband networking systems; Wi-Fi and other hotspot operations, support, and management systems; network-centric military communication systems for the U.S. and allied governments; cybersecurity; and communication system design. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs more than 3,300 people worldwide in the areas of technology development, customer service, and network operations. For more information, please visit ViaSat at www.viasat.com, or follow the Company onFacebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about the success of the MOU and TDL products and services, exploration and cooperation in identifying opportunities, and commitment to expansion. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the defense industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.
BAE Systems & Fotoniks Develop Head-Up Display Technologies
‘HUDs-off to Turkey’
BAE Systems and Turkish technology company Fotoniks have announced an agreement to collaborate on the development and in-region delivery of aircraft display systems. As part of the agreement, Fotoniks will work to integrate BAE Systems’ LiteHUD® Head-Up Display (HUD) into the HUD system for the Hürkuş basic training aircraft. The two companies will further develop the HUD system at the Fotoniks facility in Ankara, Turkey, for the local and regional market.
“In today’s defense and aerospace environment, having the ability to work with an established in-country or in-region company is essential not only for us but for the end user, especially when it comes to repair and sustainment,” said Jim Garceau, deputy general manager of Communications and Control Solutions at BAE Systems. “Working together with Fotoniks, we have the opportunity to bring the HUD system to full-scale production and sell it as an indigenous capability to allied forces across the region.”
Designed using BAE Systems’ patented waveguide technology, LiteHUD is 60 percent smaller by volume and up to 50 percent lighter than a conventional HUD. It has a modular design which allows easy integration into both existing and future cockpits, such as the Hürkuş platform.
“Working collaboratively with BAE Systems locally brings so many benefits to Turkey, including technology transfer, the potential for further job creations, and sustainment within the region,” said Cem Yazicioğlu, general manager at Fotoniks. “Being able to further co-develop this technology in Turkey was important to our decision to work with BAE Systems.”
BAE Systems has been a leader in HUD development and production for more than 50 years, a position gained through continuous investment in technology and innovation. The company has produced over 14,000 head-up displays which have been in service on over 50 different aircraft types in more than 50 countries around the world. BAE Systems displays perform on some of the most advanced and demanding military aircraft, which will now include the Turkish Air Force’s Hürkuş platform.
About BAE Systems, Inc.
At BAE Systems, Inc., we design and deliver advanced defense, aerospace, and security solutions that keep our customers at the forefront of modern technology. Our pride and dedication show in everything we do, from innovative electronic systems to intelligence analysis and cyber operations, from combat vehicles and weapons to the maintenance and modernization of ships, aircraft and critical infrastructure. BAE Systems, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Va., is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc. For more information visit www.baesystems.comand follow @BAESystemsInc on Twitter.
Fotoniks is a 100 percent Turkish-owned private company founded in 2010. Fotoniks offer products, research and development, design, production and life cycle support of electronics including Turkish manufactured HUDs and electro optical products for the defence industry.