US Army contracts TCS for SNAP VSAT support services

16 January 2013 (Last Updated January 16th, 2013 03:50)

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has secured a contract to provide 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.

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has secured a contract to provide 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.

Valued at $3.4m, the incremental funding contract covers delivery of SNAP VSAT equipment and field services support, as well as maintenance support to the army.

TCS government solutions senior vice president and general manager Michael Bristol said the military should also possess knowledgeable support to ensure operational readiness of the easily deployable and secure satellite communications systems for mission success.

"With TCS's tested and proven SNAP VSAT systems, as well as our experienced and dedicated field service personnel, our fighting forces will have a powerful means to achieve mission success."

"With TCS's tested and proven SNAP VSAT systems, as well as our experienced and dedicated field service personnel, our fighting forces will have a powerful means to achieve mission success," Bristol added.

TCS's SNAP VSAT is a reliable SwiftLink deployable system designed to provide multimedia communications capabilities that are used to convey encrypted voice, video and data information to either dismounted warfighter 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 (RF) and baseband configurations to provide communication solutions that are customised for operators' specific requirements.

Equipped with a UOS system and a laptop / voiceover internet protocol (VoIP) phone accessories case, the SNAP VSAT is also capable of seamlessly operating on Ku, Ka and X-band frequencies.

The procurement is 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.