Government Technology Featured Article
January 17, 2013
TCS Receives Order from Australian Defence Science and Technology Organization
By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor
TeleCommunication Systems (News - Alert), Inc. (TCS), a major player in mobile communication technology, has received an order from the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) for its Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite systems.
The Defence Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) is part of Australia's Department of Defense.
DSTO is the Australian Government’s lead agency charged with applying science and technology to protect and defend Australia and its national interests.
TCS VSAT systems provide multimedia communications capabilities which convey encrypted voice, video and data.
"The Australian Defence Science and Technology Organization recognizes the importance of secure, reliable and easily deployable satellite communications systems, such as our WGS-certified VSAT satellite systems,” said Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions for TCS, in a statement.
“We look forward to helping them achieve mission success with this proven communications solution," said Bristol.
Back in December, TeleCommunication announced that it received a delivery order from the U.S. Army for Secret Internet Protocol Router and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point (News - Alert) (SNAP) 1.2M Lite Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite systems, and IMPACT Tactical baseband equipment.
The order has a total value of $25 million, if all options are exercised.
The majority of the equipment funded by the initial set of funds will be delivered by the end of Q1 2013. These SNAP VSAT and IMPACT Tactical systems will be fielded as a part of the Small Form Factor (SFF) Company Command Post (CoCP) Terminals.
The U.S. Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network - Tactical (PM WIN-T) Commercial Satellite Terminal Program is funding these procurements through the Army's $5 billion Worldwide Satellite Systems (WWSS) contract vehicle.
The TCS SNAP 1.2M Lite terminal is a pack-in-the-box VSAT solution, field-upgradeable to Ka- or X-band, with a swap of the feed boom assembly, for rapid deployment, ease of use and suitability for harsh operating environments. Its decrease in size and weight over the existing SNAP system improves transportability and deployment flexibility for better mission dynamics.
Interfaced with the Impact baseband packages, TCS SNAP 1.2M Lite enables an extension of a common operating environment throughout a global network. As part of the SNAP suite of products, these packages provide the flexibility of multiple configuration options for the end user.
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Edited by Braden Becker
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