Aydın Yazılım ve Elektronik San. A.Ş. (AYESAŞ) 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 identifying Tactical 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.
AYESAŞ 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. AYESAŞ 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 including MIDS-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, AYESAŞ 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 AYESAŞ. “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 AYESAŞ 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 AYESAŞ 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.”