ViaSat UK and CDW UK have jointly won a two-year technical innovation contract for command, control and communication (C3) to support an agile experimentation initiative.

Known as Programme LELANTOS, the initiative that aims to provide better decision-making, cross-domain integration, and fast manoeuvrability/survivability to Nato’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) headquarters in the UK.

The two companies will collaborate with ARRC, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other industry partners to use development processes to test new abilities in the land C3 domain.

Viasat UK MD Steve Beeching added: “Programme LELANTOS provides an opportunity to challenge the status quo and drive agile C3 innovation across NATO and its allies.

“This partnership will leverage Viasat’s deep breadth of defence experience and innovative technology approaches, alongside CDW’s proven track record for delivering digital transformation solutions across multiple industries to bring ARRC rapidly deployable, highly secure and scalable land formation capabilities, which are critically important in a rapidly evolving battlespace.”

The contract aims to establish an ‘experimentation hub’ using enhanced battlefield command and control capabilities for secure wireless military networks.

ARRC programme lead lieutenant colonel Steve Short said: “This is a defining moment. We have looked at the whole ecosystem of the deployed working environment and see opportunities to harness best-of-breed technologies that will deliver real advantage to our Commanders and their staff in the field.

“Equally important is the development approach we are taking with our industry partners, Viasat and CDW, which is innovating both technical and commercial processes.”

In October last year, Viasat established two maintenance and testing facilities in Australia to support the needs of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).