The US Army has awarded an additional $2.8m funding order to TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) for the supply of X and Ku-band micro very-small aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite communications equipment.
TCS’ government solutions senior vice president and general manager Michael Bristol said the current nation’s military required secure and reliable satellite communications in order to perform modern operations.
"Micro VSAT and baseband equipment meets this need while providing warfighters with the flexibility built into the smallest, lightest man-portable SATCOM terminal available today," Bristol added.
The equipment 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.
Managed by the PM WIN-T joint program management office, the WWSS is an integrated effort to purchase six satellite terminals, as well as related support services to deliver timely, efficient and responsive support for deployed soldiers.
The configurations of the satellite terminals includes combat support service (CSS) VSAT satellite terminal.
It can be used on any military or commercial satellite in the C, Ku, X and Ka bands, depending on user requirements.
TCS has received a total of $500m of funded WWSS orders since 2006 and currently has more than $800m of not-yet-funded open orders under the contract vehicle.
The WWSS contract is a collaboration between the project manager, defence communications and army transmission systems (PM DCATS) and PM WIN-T.