SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

October 01, 2009 12:30 ET

TeleCommunication Systems Announces Additional $11.7 Million Army Funding for SNAP Deployable Satellite Systems

SwiftLink® Systems Will Support U.S. Afghanistan Mission

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 an additional $11.7 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 to the United States Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-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.

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 for delivery by the third quarter of 2011, to be deployed in various sizes and configurations over the next few years, along with up to 30 field support personnel.

"TCS is cognizant of the need for a rapidly deployable communications infrastructure to support effective governance in the remote areas of Afghanistan," said Michael Bristol, senior vice president of government solutions for TCS. "We are confident that these SNAP systems will fully meet USFOR-A's need for robust and reliable communications in forward-deployed locations."

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 among all SwiftLink RF and Baseband configurations enable easy specification of 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.

For more information on the SwiftLink® SNAP Suite of deployable satellite communication products visit: http://www.telecomsys.com/government/swiftlink/SwiftLink_SNAP_Overview.cfm

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 www.telecomsys.com.

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, and 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 on 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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