TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has received a second extension for the US Army’s worldwide satellite systems (WWSS) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.

The five-year, $5bn multiple-award contract, issued in 2006, was already extended by 11 months to complete by 28 August 2012, but the latest contract extends the performance period to July 2013.

Under the contract, the company will continue to provide turnkey, single-source, quick-reaction solutions for emerging communications requirements worldwide in support of all US federal missions.

The company’s offerings for the WWSS programme include the entire SwiftLink(R) suite of products and services that support secure, deployable communications.

TCS has been awarded a total of $500m of funded orders since 2006 and currently has over $800m of not-yet-funded open orders under the WWSS contract vehicle.

Around $2bn of un-awarded contract ceiling still remains under the contract, which will be used during the extension period.

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The company will continue to provide support services including system integration, engineering, operations, maintenance, software support, programme management, logistics, field assistance, test and evaluation, modelling and simulation, training, and depot and administrative support to troops deployed worldwide.

The satellite terminals’ configurations include the combat support service (CSS) VSAT satellite terminal and will be operated on any military or commercial satellite in the C, Ku, X and Ka bands depending on user requirements.

The WWSS contract is a partnership of the Project Manager, defense communications and army transmission systems (PM DCATS) and the project manager, war-fighter information network-tactical (PM WIN-T).

The programme is managed by PM WIN-T Joint Program Management Office and is an integrated effort to acquire six satellite terminals along with related support services to provide timely, efficient and responsive support to the war-fighter.