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Enabling highly effective, assured, secure command, control and support for tactical military missions

Production of protected communications

The U.S. military is no longer simply enabled by the network – it is dependent upon the network. The military must be capable of operating under volatile conditions and must stay ahead of adversaries‘ growing technological sophistication.

In a benign environment, the joint satellite communications (SATCOM) architecture is very robust. However, the SATCOM architecture changes drastically in a hostile, stressed, electronic warfare (EW) environment. Both commercial Ku-band and military Ka-band links are extremely vulnerable to electronic interference, both natural and adversarial. While protected Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites provide the capability to operate in adverse conditions, existing terminals are not widely available due to their size and cost. There is an unmet, near-term need for protected AEHF satellite communication terminals for the warfighter.

The LCT Solution

Construction of LCT

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc., Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin have developed highly affordable satellite terminals for protected communications on the move and at the halt. This Low Cost Terminal (LCT) solution addresses the military’s need for lower cost technologies and systems to enable protected and secure communications for tactical warfighters in contested environments and areas of denied communications. Developed entirely with internal company investments, the LCTs include two classes of equipment: a Protected Communications On The Move (P-COTM) terminal and a Protected SIPR/NIPR Access Point (P-SNAP) terminal.


Protected Communications On The Move

P-COTM mounted on a military truck
  • Developed jointly by Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, the baseline terminal is interoperable with Milstar and AEHF satellite systems currently in orbit.
  • A tactically rugged terminal with a low-profile vehicle antenna developed in three years; half the time of development cycles for fielded Milstar- and AEHF-compatible terminals.
  • This solution achieves affordability by leveraging existing designs, technology, and government and commercial investments while implementing commercial best practices for procurement and production.
  • The hardware and software are extensible to other form factor terminals such as small, fixed terminals that can be packed in transit cases, shipboard terminals for small deck ships, and low-cost airborne terminals for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and piloted aircraft.


Protected SIPR/NIPR Access Point

  • Developed in collaboration with Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, P-SNAP incorporates both SNAP and P-COTM components.
  • The P-SNAP system is significantly smaller and lighter than currently available protected communication alternatives.
  • The complete terminal system is packaged in three transit cases.
  • Two people can easily set up the system within 30 minutes.
  • P-SNAP is designed to support modular quick-change feeds and upgrade kits to provide backward compatibility for traditional SNAP operations in Ku- and Ka- bands.

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Construction of LCT

The LCT solution takes advantage of Northrop Grumman’s and Lockheed Martin’s proven knowledge and engineering experience in protected military SATCOM through Milstar and AEHF anti-jam satellites, and builds on TCS’ highly secure, deployable satellite communication systems, based on a modular architecture with plug-and-play interfaces and integrated logistics support.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.

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About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TCS is a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology. TCS infrastructure forms the foundation for market leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging, commercial location and deployable wireless communications. TCS is at the forefront of new mobile cloud computing services, providing wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use TCS wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Government agencies utilize TCS’ cyber-security expertise, professional services and highly secure deployable satellite solutions for mission-critical communications. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless technologies, visit www.telecomsys.com.

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Low Cost Terminal Contact

Doug Houston
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
dhouston@telecomsys.com | 813-418-8024

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Meredith Allen
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
mallen@telecomsys.com | 410-295-1865

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