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TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has been awarded a contract for providing spare parts for the US Army’s AN/TSC-156 Phoenix tactical super-high-frequency satellite terminal (TSST).

Michael Bristol, TCS government solutions senior vice president and general manager, said that the reliable and secure satellite communications formed a significant part of modern operations for the US military.

"Through the innovative solutions that TCS offers, our fighting men and women have the advantages they need to accomplish their mission," Bristol said.

“Through the innovative solutions that TCS offers, our fighting men and women have the advantages they need to accomplish their mission.”

The AN/TSC-156 Phoenix is an advanced quadband TSST, capable of operating over four bands, including X-, Ka-, Ku- and C-, on military and commercial satellites with data rates of up to 20Mbps, eliminating the need for expensive satellites by the army expeditionary signal battalions (ESBs).

Mounted on M1152A1 expanded capability vehicles (ECVs), the terminal enhances soldiers’ intra and inter-theatre communications capability by enabling seamless transmission and receipt of high bandwidth voice, video and data 24 hours a day in all environmental conditions.

Designed to replace the US military’s legacy AN/TSC-85 terminals, the Phoenix offers tactical, highly mobile, command and control, intelligence, fire support, as well as air defence and logistics wideband communications in support of the army and multi-service operators.

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The terminal can function with either the system’s internal antenna in C-, X-, Ku-, and Ka-band or with the AS-4429/TSC large aperture antenna (LAA) in X-band configuration.

The $2.7m deal has been funded by the US Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T) commercial satellite terminal programme through the army’s $5bn worldwide satellite systems (WWSS) contract vehicle.