TCS reports U.S. Army order for troposcatter communications gear

Technology that bounces microwave radio transmissions off the Earth's troposphere for rapid beyond-line-of-sight communications has been ordered by the U.S. Army.
By Richard Tomkins   |   Aug. 13, 2014 at 1:20 PM
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ANNAPOLIS, Md., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has given TeleCommunication Systems Inc. a delivery order for equipment and maintenance of Tactical Transportable Troposcatter Systems.

The 3T system provides high bandwidth, low latency, non-satellite beyond-line-of-sight network data transmission -- at speeds greater than that of satellite transmission -- by bouncing microwave radio transmissions off of the Earth's troposphere.

TeleCommunication Systems Inc. said the system is a combination of the SNAP Very Small Aperture Terminal used on today's battlefield and Comtech Systems' troposcatter technology.

TCS is Comtech's integrator of choice for deployable troposcatter communications for the U.S. military.

"TCS, in partnership with Comtech Systems, has created a growing market within the Department of Defense for deployable troposcatter communication," said TCS Government Solutions Group President Michael Bristol. "TCS' 3T system provides the DOD with low latency, high bandwidth beyond-line-of-sight communications between multiple air defense systems.

"Our 3T system is field-proven, having successfully completed multiple network integration evaluations, and currently supports real world missions."

The initial funded value of the delivery order is $5.3 million and runs through February of 2016.

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