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Marines' communications contract given

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Maryland's TeleCommunication Systems Inc. has been selected to deliver U.S. Marine Corps integrated communications systems.

The delivery order, which runs through next July, carries a potential value of $139.8 million.

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The order provides for wireless point-to-point link systems, field support engineers pre-positioned to provide support and maintenance, associated in-theater programs and ancillary equipment.

TCS said it received initial funding of $17.6 million to give the Marine Corps hardware and field services support to assist personnel in the setup, configuration, alignment, operation, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and upgrades of existing WPPL-D systems at various locations.

The U.S. Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, Commercial Satellite Terminal Program, is managing the procurements through the Army's $5 billion worldwide satellite systems contract vehicle.

The TCS WPPL-D system provides secure point-to-point and point-to-multipoint, line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight transmission of voice, video and data communications.

"In today's theater of operation, information is often the most powerful weapon at our warfighters' disposal," said Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions at TCS.

"TCS supports WPPL-D with the most professional resources, proven processes and tested equipment to continue backing of the U.S. Marine Corps' mission."

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