The US Army has awarded a contract to TeleCommunication Systems to provide support equipment and maintenance of telecommunication satellites.

Under the $9.8m contract the company will provide its SwiftLink deployable communications products for Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) Access Point (Snap) satellite systems.

SwiftLink is a very small aperture terminal (VSAT) system designed to provide multimedia communications capabilities that carry encrypted voice, video and data for the SNAP program.

The ruggedised VSAT system allows easy transportation and features a graphical user interface that enables quick installation.

The contract, awarded by the US Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Commercial Satellite Terminal Program, will run through August 2011.