TCS to support US Army’s SNAP VSAT satellite systems

30 September 2012 (Last Updated September 30th, 2012 18:30)

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has been awarded a contract to support the US Army's secret internet protocol router and non-secure internet protocol router access point (SNAP) very small aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite systems.

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has been awarded a contract to support the US Army's secret internet protocol router and non-secure internet protocol router access point (SNAP) very small aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite systems.

Under the terms of $5.5m contract, TSC will develop and supply SNAP VSAT systems equipment, field services, and provide maintenance support to the army.

"With TCS's army-proven, battle-ready SNAP satellite-based product lines and our committed, experienced field service support professionals, their chances of achieving a successful mission are greatly enhanced."

TCS government solutions senior vice president and general manager Michael Bristol said the reliable and secure communications systems formed an ever-increasing part of US troops' arsenal.

"With TCS's army-proven, battle-ready SNAP satellite-based product lines and our committed, experienced field service support professionals, their chances of achieving a successful mission are greatly enhanced," Bristol added.

The new order follows previous $700,000 and $7.3m funded deals secured by TCS in August and July this year for delivery of similar equipment and services to the army.

TCS's SNAP VSAT is a reliable SwiftLink (R) deployable system designed to provide multimedia communications capabilities used for transmission of encrypted voice, video and data information to deployed soldiers in the battlefield.

The transportable and ruggedised terminals are integrated with modular and plug-and-play interfaces between all radio frequencies (RF) and baseband configurations to deliver communication solutions that are customised for operators' specific requirements.

Equipped with a UOS system and a laptop/voice over internet protocol (VoIP) phone accessories case, the SNAP VSATs are capable of seamlessly working on Ku, Ka and X-band frequencies.

The procurements are 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.