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

The initial $700,000 award has a maximum potential value of up to $19m if all options are fully exercised, and also covers the delivery of satellite equipment, field services support and maintenance to the US Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM).

TCS government solutions senior vice president and general manager Michael Bristol said the US armed forces requires satellite communications systems, which are secure and reliable, and can be easily deployed.

"TCS’s SNAP VSAT satellite systems equipment meets these criteria and can help our military succeed," Bristol added.

The company also secured a $7.3m funded order for the delivery of similar equipment and services to the army on 25 July 2012.

TCS’s SNAP VSAT is a reliable SwiftLink (R) deployable system designed to provide multimedia communications capabilities that are used to convey encrypted voice, video and data information to the warfighter in the battlefield.

Integrated with modular and plug-and-play interfaces between all radio frequency (RF) and baseband configurations, the ruggedised terminals deliver communication solutions that are custom-made for the 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.

SNAP VSAT systems’ procurements are funded by the US Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T) Commercial Satellite Terminal Program, through the army’s $5bn world-wide satellite systems (WWSS) contract vehicle.

The five-year WWSS indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract issued in 2006 has recently been extended to 31 March 2014 from the initially agreed date of 27 July 2013.