SOURCE: Objective Interface Systems, Inc.

Objective Interface Systems, Inc.

July 12, 2010 08:00 ET

ORBexpress Chosen for MIDS JTRS Program

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) -  Objective Interface Systems, Inc. (OIS), provider of the most widely used communications middleware for software-defined radios (SDRs), today announced that its ORBexpress® product is the middleware foundation for the Multifunction Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) terminal. The MIDS JTRS terminals provide high-capacity, jam-resistant digital communications of real-time tactical data and voice communication among U.S. and coalition forces on the ground, at sea and in the air. MIDS JTRS was jointly developed by ViaSat, Inc. and Data Link Solutions L.L.C. (DLS), who independently produce MIDS JTRS terminals for the U.S. government.

All JTRS radios are based on the Software Communications Architecture (SCA), which uses the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) as the communications middleware framework. ORBexpress is the only CORBA communications middleware that has successfully passed SCA certification in fielded radios. ViaSat and DLS selected ORBexpress to provide this critical CORBA foundation for their successful MIDS JTRS terminal. ViaSat has separately received a limited production order valued at $14.4 million for its MIDS JTRS terminals.

Designed to support functions such as integrated navigation, surveillance, identification, air control, weapons engagement coordination and force direction, the MIDS JTRS terminals will be deployed on platforms ranging from naval warships to aircraft, as well as ground-based command centers. The MIDS JTRS terminal increases capacity over the original MIDS-LVT single channel capability by providing four channels, including the legacy Link-16 and TACAN (Tactical Air Navigation) channel and three 2 MHz to 2 GHz programmable channels, without consuming additional space or weight.

MIDS JTRS recently received Type 1 certification from the National Security Agency (NSA) for certified single-channel Link-16 operations along with TACAN navigation on a dedicated channel. Link-16 is a U.S. and allied government-backed system for transmitting broadband, jam-resistant, secure data and voice across a variety of air, sea, and ground-based platforms.

"We are especially pleased with the role that ORBexpress played in helping us develop this critical communications system," said Paul Baca, vice president and general manager of ViaSat Tactical Data Links. "We appreciate the quality of ORBexpress and the highly responsive engineering support we receive from OIS."

"We congratulate ViaSat on their reception of Type 1 certification. This is a testament to the quality of their engineering effort," said Joe Jacob, senior vice president for OIS. "We are pleased to support an outstanding organization such as ViaSat in the development of an important component for the Global Information Grid for the United States and its allies." 

About ViaSat, Inc.
ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to virtually any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies and products to the U.S. government; is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services; and owns WildBlue, the premier Ka-band satellite broadband service provider. ViaSat also offers design capabilities and a number of complementary products including monolithic microwave integrated circuits and modules, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression, and mobile satellite antenna systems. ViaSat, with annual revenues over $600 million, is based in Carlsbad, CA. Major locations include Duluth, GA, Germantown, MD (Comsat Laboratories), and Greenwood Village, CO (WildBlue), along with additional field offices and service centers worldwide.

About OIS
Objective Interface Systems (OIS) is the worldwide leader in high-performance, real-time and embedded communications middleware solutions. Its ORBexpress products are used wherever systems require an extremely fast, small-footprint communications infrastructure where failure is not an option. Thousands of customers in the defense and aerospace, telecommunications, banking, medical devices, data communications, industrial automation and process control, transportation and robotics markets worldwide use the ORBexpress communications infrastructure to build more flexible, upgradeable and capable products. Available in C++, Java and Ada, independent testing consistently shows ORBexpress is the fastest and most robust ORB available. For more information on ORBexpress and the OIS portfolio of products, visit: www.ois.com/products/ois-products.html, call 1 800-800-OIS7 in the U.S. or e-mail inquiries to: info2010@ois.com. Visit Objective Interface at www.ois.com.

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