TCS to supply SATCOM equipment and support to US Army

18 October 2015 (Last Updated October 18th, 2015 18:30)

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has secured a contract to supply Micro Satellite (Microsat) very small aperture terminals (VSATs) to the US Army.

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has secured a contract to supply Micro Satellite (Microsat) very small aperture terminals (VSATs) to the US Army.

Awarded under the army's global tactical advanced communications systems (GTACS) contract, the order has a maximum ceiling of $223.4m, if all options are exercised until September 2020.

The initial funding on this order is worth $9.9m for the base one-year period starting last month, and will see the company provide MicroVSAT .65M and .95M terminals and 1.3M Flyaway VSAT terminals.

Supplied in collaboration with Tampa Microwave, a subsidiary of Thales Defense and Security, the terminals are Wideband Global SATCOM certified and designed to stringent MIL-STD-810G tactical requirements.

In addition, the terminals recently received System Type designations of AN/TSC-223(V)1, AN/TSC-223(V)2 and AN/TSC-223(V)3.

"Our family of terminals enables warfighters with the unprecedented flexibility and capability to efficiently customise their communication packages."

Tampa Microwave Business Development vice-president Obie Johnson said: "Our family of terminals enables warfighters with the unprecedented flexibility and capability to efficiently customise their communication packages, and to rapidly deploy and sustain their missions."

The company will also join forces with Klas Telecom to supply baseband networking equipment as part of the overall MicroVSAT solution, which is designed and independently lab-tested to comply with MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and FCC 15B.

Klas Telecom Services president and CEO David Huisenga said: "We believe our innovative, market-leading Voyager baseband solution and Tampa Microwave's modular, VSAT terminals, enhanced by TCS' intrinsic organisational knowledge and global network of engineering services, equal the best possible solution available to the customer."

TCS Government Solutions Group president Michael Bristol said: "TCS, Klas Telecom and Tampa Microwave have collaborated on MicroVSAT satellite system opportunities for more than five years.

"As a prime contractor, TCS has supplied these terminals to the DoD via the WWSS contract vehicle and now the GTACS contract vehicle."

The MicroVSAT family is part of the TCS TotalCom portfolio, and achieves data rates up to 10MBS to provide a terrestrial large pipe in geographically-challenged areas.

According to the company, the ultra-lean form factor enables non-attributable transport and operation and is ideally suited for elite military teams, tier-1 responders, command-and-control and data exfiltration calls.