The U.S. Army recently awarded TeleCommunication Systems Inc., a provider of mobile communication technology, a $25 million delivery order for Secret Internet Protocol Router and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point 1.2M Lite, a set of Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite systems and IMPACT Tactical baseband equipment.
In a statement, Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions for TCS, said, "This is a very significant and important award for TCS. We have been providing the PM WIN-T program office with SNAP VSAT systems over the last four years, bringing connectivity to the brigade and battalion level. Company Command Post is an extension of the SNAP program in that our VSAT solutions will now be made available down the company echelons and below levels, and is the culmination of our vast experience with tactical communications support for the Army."
The TCS SNAP 1.2M Lite terminal is a pack-in-the-box VSAT solution that enables an extension of a common operating environment throughout a global network.
For rapid deployment, ease of use and suitability for harsh operating environments, the solution is field-upgradeable to Ka- or X-band, with a swap of the feed boom assembly. Its decrease in size and weight over the existing SNAP system helps improve transportability and deployment flexibility for better mission dynamics.
TCS SNAP 1.2M Lite is interfaced with the Impact baseband packages and enables an extension of a common operating environment throughout a global network. These packages will offer the flexibility of multiple configuration options for the end user.
The majority of the equipment will be delivered by the end of Q1 2013. Officials said the SNAP VSAT and IMPACT Tactical systems will be fielded as a part of the Small Form Factor Company Command Post Terminals.
In related TMC news, TeleCommunication Systems announced that it ranked at number 380 on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.
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Edited by Braden Becker