US Army awards SNAP deployable satellite systems sustainment contract to TCS

21 October 2015 (Last Updated October 21st, 2015 18:30)

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has secured a contract for sustainment of the US Army's SNAP deployable satellite systems.

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has secured a contract for sustainment of the US Army's SNAP deployable satellite systems.

Awarded under the army's global tactical advanced communication systems (GTACS) contract vehicle, the deal requires the company to maintain the AN/TSC-198A secret internet protocol router (SIPR) and non-classified internet protocol router (NIPR) access point (SNAP) very small aperture terminals (VSATs).

The army has initially granted $18.6m for the period from September 2015 through September 2018, while the ceiling contract value, including funded and unfunded amounts, is nearly $91m over the next three years, if all options are exercised.

TCS Government Solutions Group president Michael Bristol said: "DoD needed an experienced and capable systems integrator for sustainment of SNAP VSAT terminals, and TCS has fielded and supported hundreds of SNAP terminals.

"TCS is committed to deliver mission critical communications support to the military."

"TCS is committed to deliver mission critical communications support to the military."

TCS's SNAP VSAT is a swiftlink deployable system designed to provide multimedia communications that enable transmission of encrypted voice, video and data information, to either dismounted soldiers or small units at forward operating bases 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.

The systems are said to feature a graphical user interface that allows for easy set-up and operation, and are also capable of seamlessly operating on Ku, Ka and X-band frequencies in challenging environments.