TCS supplying communications system to Army

Feb. 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Maritime-stabilized satellite communications systems with associated engineering services are being supplied to the U.S. Army by TeleCommunication Systems Inc.

TCS, headquartered in Maryland, said the very small aperture terminals are part of a larger company solution for the Army, which will use the systems on its watercraft.

The order from the Army has a total value of $6.8 million if all options are exercised. It was issued under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems and Services contract vehicle given the company in 2012.

TCS is a prime GTACS contract awardee.

"TCS has long supported the Army with land-based terminals such as the widely popular SNAP systems," said TCS Government Solutions Group President Michael Bristol. "Now, in collaboration with Digisat International, the U.S. Army Product Manager Army Watercraft Systems unit has entrusted us with their maritime-based requirements.

"These advanced, commercial off-the-shelf maritime solutions are all backed by the reliable and efficient expert lifecycle support of our professional integrated logistics team."

TCS said the new C4I system to be supplied is based on Internet Protocol and consists of two Intellian antenna sub-systems for secure and non-secure communications in support of tactical requirements of logistic support vessels and landing craft.

C4I is the acronym for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence.

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