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TeleCommunication Systems Receives $12.8 Million in Funding from U.S. Army for Satellite Systems

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June 23, 2011

TeleCommunication Systems Receives $12.8 Million in Funding from U.S. Army for Satellite Systems

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor



TeleCommunication Systems (News - Alert) (TCS), a provider of mobile communication technology, announced that it has received $12.8 million in funding from the U.S. Army. The additional funding is for equipment and field services in support of Secret Internet Protocol Router and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point (News - Alert) (SNAP) Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite systems.

 

These awards are the result of exercised options on five existing delivery orders issued by the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command to TeleCommunication Systems.

 

TeleCommunication Systems will leverage the fresh funding to ensure equipment and support for TCS' reliable SwiftLink deployable communications products.

 

The Army has a $5 billion World-Wide Satellite Systems (WWSS) contract vehicle. The procurement of equipment is through funding from the U.S. Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T) Commercial Satellite Terminal Program.

 

“Ongoing military efforts throughout the world demand secure deployable communications systems,” said Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions for TCS, in a statement.

 

“Field-proven reliable systems and support are what the brave men and women of our armed force deserve as they carry out their missions. TCS considers it a great honor to have been entrusted to deliver what our warfighters need – whether in terms of tactical satellite systems or in-theatre support – as they complete their mission.”

 

The SNAP program enables customers to exercise options and add funding through August for delivery per the term of the discrete order. The SNAP program includes options for approximately 1,500 terminals and supporting equipment to be deployed in various sizes and configurations, along with up to 30 field-support positions.

 

Recently, TeleCommunication Systems announced it had been named as the only awardee on an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for Military Sealift Command's Next Generation Wideband commercial satellite communications infrastructure and service. The contract has a value of $315 million and a guaranteed first-year minimum of $5 million.

 

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by John Lahtinen

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