SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

November 12, 2010 11:15 ET

TeleCommunication Systems Named Sole Awardee on $315 Million Contract to Deliver U.S. Navy Satellite Communications Infrastructure and Service

TCS SwiftLink® Deployable Communications to Provide Military Sealift Command With Turnkey Solution for Next Generation Wideband

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - November 12, 2010) - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that it has been named as the sole awardee on an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for Military Sealift Command's Next Generation Wideband commercial satellite communications infrastructure and service. The contract -- with a $315 million potential value and a guaranteed first-year minimum of $5 million -- will replace the current MSC Afloat Bandwidth Efficient Satellite Transport commercial satellite communications infrastructure. The period of performance is four years plus four one-year option periods, November 3, 2010 through November 2, 2018. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO), is managing the contract activity and selected TCS from a full and open competitive action.

TCS will provide the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) Next Generation Wideband communications with integrated systems and services for a highly secure, turnkey solution through a proven, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) antenna system and comprehensive wideband satellite coverage. TCS and its supporting partners will provide MSC with overall contract program management; bandwidth and managed services; engineering and integration expertise; information assurance management; and installation, operation and maintenance services.

"TCS is pleased to be awarded the Military Sealift Command's Next Generation Wideband contract," said Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions at TCS. "This solution is in direct alignment with TCS' core competencies, as it requires secure, cost-effective, end-to-end IP communications pathways linking more than seventy globally deployed ships with MSC network operation centers. We are fully committed to this opportunity as the Navy's innovative partner to bring proven off-the-shelf technology and reliable total communications-on-the-move solutions in support of their maritime missions."

The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command is the premier provider of ocean transportation for the Department of Defense. Originally named Military Sea Transportation Service, MSC was created to consolidate the Department of Defense's sealift assets and ensure that the U.S. military would be able to rapidly deploy troops, equipment and supplies by sea to any location in the world. The MSC mission has evolved subtly over time -- for instance moving away from troop transport and moving toward combat logistics support and humanitarian relief. Through all this, MSC has proven her value again and again from the Korean War to the Vietnam War to the events following the September 11, 2001, terrorists attacks on the United States to tsunami relief efforts in Indonesian and hurricane relief on the Gulf Coast of the United States.

TCS has established a proven track record for more than two decades as a trusted provider of communication technology solutions to solve the government's toughest technical challenges, under conditions that demand the highest level of reliability, availability and security. To ensure mission continuity, TCS offers a family of deployable communications solutions, SwiftLink® and complete end-to-end managed services for converged (IP-based) voice, video and data solutions to organizations requiring seamless, highly secure connectivity between fixed sites and remote operations.

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) 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, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless technologies, 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 possibility that the contract options will not be exercised, or that the total value of the contract will not be fully funded, and those detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, and on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.

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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