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L3Harris to Purchase Viasat’s Tactical Data Link Business for Nearly $2B; Christopher Kubasik, Mark Dankberg Quoted

L3Harris to Purchase Viasat's Tactical Data Link Business for Nearly $2B; Christopher Kubasik, Mark Dankberg Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event

L3Harris Technologies looks to expand its communication and networking capabilities through a potential $1.96 billion deal with Viasat for the acquisition of the satellite communication company’s Tactical Data Links business.

The purchase of Link 16 product line from Viasat’s government systems segment will include Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems and associated terminals integrated into military assets of the U.S. and its allies around the world, L3Harris said Monday.

“This acquisition is part of our strategic effort to ensure operators have access to the most advanced, multi-function Joint All-Domain Command and Control solutions available,” said Christopher Kubasik, chair and CEO of L3Harris.

He added that Viasat’s TDL portfolio and L3Harris’ communication capabilities are aligned and that modernizing the Link 16 enterprise will be done through collaboration with customers and coalition allies.

Following the purchase completion, the L3Harris portfolio is expected to cover more assets across multiple domains and enable expanded end-to-end, sensor-to-shooter connectivity.

Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of Viasat, commented, “Given Viasat’s increasing focus on space networks, integrating TDL with L3Harris and its portfolio of C2 assets and resources, offers new forms of growth opportunities and our long-time strategic partnership on TDL products provides a solid foundation.”

The acquisition is anticipated to be completed in the first half of 2023.

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Written by Christine Thropp

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