Viasat completes Horsebridge Defence and Security takeover
Global communications company Viasat Inc has acquired Horsebridge Defence and Security, a UK-based company focused on design, system integration and support of deployable secure networks.
Through this acquisition the Viasat UK group gains deeper military communications integration expertise; enabling the company to continue to grow its business in the UK defence market by delivering mission-critical ground-based communication networks and services.
From its UK-base in Cheltenham, Horsebridge Defence and Security has developed robust relationships with the UK Armed Forces, supporting a number of UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) programmes.
"By acquiring Horsebridge Defence and Security, we hope to accelerate the trajectory of our ability to support UK defence operations," said Ken Peterman, president, government systems, Viasat. "Viasat builds best-of-breed technology solutions that leverage commercial innovation; and by combining our strengths with the deep domain expertise of the Horsebridge Defence and Security team, we intend to reliably extend commercial, military or emergency service networks to the tactical mobile edge."
The Horsebridge Defence and Security team will be integrated into Viasat's already established and growing Farnborough, UK-based organisation. They will have immediate access to Viasat's full communications portfolio from the Company's most advanced satellite communication (SATCOM) and Link 16 mobile networking solutions to its innovative cybersecurity and information assurance capabilities.
Horsebridge Defence and Security develops and integrates technologies under its Kestrel II-branded services portfolio. The Kestrel brand has a strong reputation with MOD through successful delivery of a high-capacity ground network for a specific operational mission.