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US Army orders SNAP VSAT satellite systems equipment from TCS

18 December 2012

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has been awarded a contract for delivery of secret internet protocol router and non-secure internet protocol router access point (SNAP) 1.2M Lite very small aperture terminal (VSAT) and IMPACT tactical satellite systems to the US Army.

The contract features a maximum potential value of $25m, if all options are exercised, and covers the supply of unspecified SNAP VSAT and IMPACT systems for deployment, as part of the small form factor (SFF) company command post (CoCP) terminals.

TCS government solutions senior vice president and general manager Michael Bristol said the company has been delivering the SNAP VSAT systems to Project Manager (PM) Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) for the past four years to bring connectivity to the brigade and battalion level.

"Company Command Post is an extension of the SNAP programme in that our VSAT solutions will now be made available down the company echelons and below levels, and is the culmination of our vast experience with tactical communications support for the army."

"Company Command Post is an extension of the SNAP programme in that our VSAT solutions will now be made available down the company echelons and below levels, and is the culmination of our vast experience with tactical communications support for the army," Bristol added.

Interfaced with the Impact baseband packages, the SNAP 1.2M Lite terminal is a rapidly deployable, pack-in-the-box VSAT solution designed to enable an extension of a common operating environment throughout a global network.

Capable of operating in harsh environments, the system can be field-upgraded to Ka or X-band terminals by swapping the feed boom assembly, and can be easily transported due to the reduced size and weight compared with current SNAP systems.

The TCS Impact Tactical IP Terminal is a small ruggedised communications kit offering size, weight and power (SWaP) reductions, while also delivering equal or enhanced capabilities than existing network solutions.

Contracted deliveries are scheduled to complete by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

The procurements are funded by the US Army PM WIN-T commercial satellite terminal programme, through the army's $5bn worldwide satellite systems (WWSS) contract vehicle.