Telecommunication Systems Inc. announced today that it has received an order from the US Army for sustainment of the AN/TSC-198A SNAP (Secret Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) Access Point, Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs). This new deal for sustainment of the SNAP deployable satellite systems was awarded under the US Army’s tactical advanced communication systems (GTACS) contract vehicle. The initial contract grants $18.5 million for the period from September 2015 through September 2018, but the ceiling value for the contract is $91 million if all options are exercised.
Facts about the TCS SNAP VSAT Systems:
TCS Government Solutions Group president Michael Bristol said this about the company’s new contract with the US Army:
"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 delivering mission critical communications support to the military.”
Telecommunication Systems will carry out this contract under the SIRPNET system in which all network connectivity will be top-secret. Sustainment of the SIRPNET system is key to maintaining a secure worldwide backbone routing system. In recent years, the SIRPNET system has become the de facto standard of preferred data services in the Army, and is now at the core of warfighting command and control capabilities. SIRPNET is nearly indistinguishable from the regular Internet for the user except for the fact that all web addresses are under ‘.smil.mil’ or ‘sgov.gov.’
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