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TeleCommunication Systems Receives $12.8 Million in Funding From U.S. Army for SNAP Deployable Satellite Systems and Support




Jun 21, 2011


TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) /quotes/zigman/83919/quotes/nls/tsys has received an additional $12.8 million in funding from the U.S. Army for equipment and field services support of Secret Internet Protocol Router and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point (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.


This additional SNAP funding will provide equipment and support for TCS' highly reliable SwiftLink(R) deployable communications products. The U.S. Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network - Tactical (PM WIN-T) Commercial Satellite Terminal Program is funding these procurements through the Army's $5 billion World-Wide Satellite Systems (WWSS) contract vehicle. Under the SNAP program, customers can exercise options and add funding through August 2011 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. Under the WWSS procurement vehicle, customers may place orders through August 2011 for delivery up to a year thereafter.


"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. "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 TCS SwiftLink VSAT systems used to fulfill SNAP program requirements provide multimedia communications capabilities which convey encrypted voice, video and data. TCS SwiftLink products are highly transportable and ruggedized, and have a graphical user interface that facilitates easy set-up and operation. The modularity and plug-and-play interfaces between all radio frequency (RF) and baseband configurations inherent in the SwiftLink product line result in communication solutions tailored to the end-user's specific needs.