SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

October 01, 2009 07:00 ET

TCS Announces Additional $7.1 Million Army Funding to Provide SNAP Deployable Satellite Systems to the 10th Mountain Division

SwiftLink® Systems Will Support Ongoing Communications Operations in Afghanistan

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, today announced that it has received $7.1 million in 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 with related Field Service Representative (FSR) support. The SNAP systems will be deployed with the 10th Mountain Division (MTN DIV). The funded FSR positions will provide in-theater support to the 10th MTN DIV and enhance ongoing support to the Combined Security Transition Command -- Afghanistan (CSTC-A). This 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.

This increment of SNAP funding is 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 positions.

"We are pleased to introduce our highly reliable SwiftLink solution to the soldiers at Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division," said Michael Bristol, senior vice president of government solutions for TCS. "As a division-sized element of the U.S. Army that specializes in fighting under harsh terrain and weather conditions, they have very specific and specialized communications needs. We are confident that our TCS SwiftLink VSAT systems used to fulfill SNAP program requirements will meet these unique communications needs."

The TCS SwiftLink VSAT systems used to fulfill SNAP program requirements provide multimedia communications capabilities which convey encrypted voice, video and 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 cost-effective, highly reliable 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.

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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. For more information, visit

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements as defined within Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that if incorrect would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Risks include without limitation the prospect that the SNAP order might not be fully funded or that all contractual options might not be exercised, and those detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

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