ANNAPOLIS, Md., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. government program to utilize commercial communications satellite solutions has added TeleCommunication Systems Inc. to its list of contractors.
The Custom SATCOM Solutions contract, from the General Services Administration and the Defense Information Systems Agency, is part of the Future Commercial Satellite Communications Services Acquisition strategy of the organizations and carries a ceiling value of $2.6 billion over five years.
TCS is one of eight prime contractors on the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity vehicle.
"This award significantly expands TCS access to business opportunities well-suited to TCS TotalCom solutions," TCS Senior Vice President and General Manager of Government Solutions Michael Bristol said.
"For the next several years, CS2 will be the main contract vehicle for the Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies to purchase commercial satcom solutions.
"This contract vehicle aligns perfectly with our business model. We are a value-added systems integrator that provides mission-critical Total Communication Solutions consisting of deployable satcom equipment, managed satcom network services and field support staff."
The government's FCSA program aims to consolidate transponded capacity (satellite bandwidth), subscription services -- including terminal and bandwidth combinations -- and end-to-end contracting vehicles into one program for procuring custom satellite communication solutions as government and defense organizations increase reliance on commercial satellite technology to provide essential, secure communications.
"TCS has a 25-year history of providing proven, reliable and cost-effective secure communication solutions for all tiers of government, and this award will broaden access by government agencies to that experience," the company said.