ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire) -- TeleCommunication Systems, Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, has received an additional $6.8 million of funding from the U.S. Army to provide additional Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) Access Point (SNAP) Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Satellite Systems.
A majority of these SNAP systems are destined for four different National Training Center (NTC) locations, where they will be used to train Army personnel prior to actual field deployments. Most of the remaining SNAP systems will be used to support operations for AFRICOM's Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) in the Horn of Africa, while a few are being delivered to the Northeast Regional Research Center (NRRC).
This combined award is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (CECOM LCMC) order that was announced in August 2008, with a potential value of $232 million, and brings TCS SNAP funding to date to $55.9 million.
This is the eleventh increment of SNAP funding for TCS' highly reliable SwiftLink deployable communications products. The U.S. Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T) Commercial Satellite Terminal Program (CSTP) is funding these procurements through the Army's $5 billion World-Wide Satellite Systems (WWSS) contract vehicle.
The SNAP program includes options for approximately 1,500 terminals and supporting equipment to be deployed in various sizes and configurations over the next few years, along with up to 30 field support personnel.
"TCS is delighted to deliver its proven SwiftLink systems in support of CJTF's operations in the Horn of Africa. This is a dual first for TCS -- it is the first time we will be fielding the X-band versions of our SNAP terminals and the first time we will be deploying them in Africa," said Michael Bristol, senior vice president of government solutions for TCS. "We are also pleased to augment NTC's field validation training program with our SNAP systems."
The TCS SwiftLink VSAT systems used to fulfill SNAP program requirements provide multimedia communications capabilities which convey encrypted voice, video and imagery data. TCS SwiftLink products are highly transportable and ruggedized, with a graphical user interface that facilitates easy set--up and operation.
The modularity and "plug and play" interfaces between all RF and Baseband configurations inherent in the SwiftLink product line result in communication solutions tailored to the end-user's specific needs.
TCS has established a proven track record over the past decade of providing highly specialized solutions to the Department of Defense, Special Operations and Intelligence Communities, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State. The TCS SwiftLink product line meets the critical communications demands of this elite customer set, no matter where or how they deploy.
About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) engineers and delivers highly reliable wireless communications technology. TCS is a leader in wireless text messaging and location-based technology, including E9-1-1 services and commercial applications like navigation that use the precise location of a wireless device, and secure satellite-based communications systems and services. Customers include leading wireless and VoIP carriers around the world, cable MSOs, automotive telematics vendors, and agencies of the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security. TCS is one of six primary vendors on a $5 billion Army Worldwide Satellite Systems Contract vehicle.