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October 23, 2012

The U.S. Army Awards $18 Million Funded Orders to TeleCommunication Systems for SNAP Deployable Satellite Systems Support

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

The U.S. Army has recently awarded $18 million in funded orders to TeleCommunication Systems to offer field services support and maintenance of Secret Internet Protocol Router and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point (News - Alert) (SNAP) Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite systems.

As per the new contract, TSC will develop and supply SNAP VSAT systems equipment and provide maintenance support to the army.

According to sources, the whole project is funded by the U.S. Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network - Tactical (PM WIN-T) Commercial Satellite Terminal Program and this procurement is happening through the Army's $5 billion World-Wide Satellite Systems (WWSS) contract vehicle.

“It's imperative for our military to have secure, easily deployable and dependable satellite communications systems and the knowledgeable support to ensure uninterrupted operations," said Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions for TCS. "With the dedicated support of TCS' experienced field service personnel, our brave warriors can rely on the satellite systems they need to achieve mission success."

TCS's SNAP VSAT is a reliable SwiftLink deployable system designed to provide multimedia communications capabilities used for transmission of encrypted voice, video and data information to deployed soldiers in the battlefield.

The transportable and ruggedized terminals are integrated with modular and plug-and-play interfaces between all radio frequencies (RF) and baseband configurations to deliver communication solutions that are customised for operators' specific requirements. Equipped with a UOS system and a laptop/voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phone accessories case, the SNAP VSATs are capable of seamlessly working on Ku, Ka and X-band frequencies.

Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world. Government agencies around the world use TCS' cyber security expertise, professional services, and highly secure deployable satellite solutions for mission-critical communications.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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