The US Army has awarded incremental funding to TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) for support and maintenance of the secure internet protocol router and non-secure internet protocol router access point (SNAP) satellite systems.
Valued at $3.4m, the funding covers equipment, field services support and maintenance of the SNAP 2.0M and SNAP 1.2M Lite tri-band very small aperture terminal (VSAT) systems.
TCS Government Solutions group president Michael Bristol said the availability of easily deployable and secure satellite communications systems and support to ensure operation at optimal performance levels, is critical for the US military.
''Combining TCS' tested and proven SNAP VSAT systems with our experienced and dedicated field service personnel will help our brave fighting forces in their efforts toward mission success," Bristol said.
TCS's SNAP VSAT is a reliable, swiftlink deployable system designed to provide multimedia communications that enable the transmission of encrypted voice, video and data information to either dismounted soldiers or small units at forward operating bases (FOB) in remote locations.
The transportable and ruggedised terminals are integrated with modular and plug-and-play interfaces between all radio frequencies, and baseband configurations to provide communication solutions that are customised for operators' specific requirements.
Equipped with an UOS system and a laptop/voiceover internet protocol phone accessories case, the pack-in-the-box system is also capable of seamlessly operating on Ku, Ka and X-band frequencies in challenging environments.
Interfaced with the impact baseband packages, SNAP 1.2M Lite facilitates an extension of a common operating environment throughout a global network, whereas the four modem capable SNAP 2.0M interfaces with the SNAP Rack/Stack Baseband and the SNAP Embedded Baseband network packages.
The procurement is funded by the US Army Project Manager for the soldier information network-tactical commercial satellite terminal programme, through the army's $5bn worldwide satellite systems (WWSS) contract vehicle.