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TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

September 29, 2011 07:30 ET

TeleCommunication Systems Receives $15 Million Order From U.S. Army for SNAP Tactical Transportable TROPO and Deployable Communication Equipment

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - Sep 29, 2011) - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that it has received an additional $15 million in funding from the U.S. Army for equipment and maintenance of Secret Internet Protocol Router and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point (SNAP) Tactical Transportable TROPO (3T) and deployable communication equipment.

SNAP's 3T option provides high bandwidth, low latency, non-satellite Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) network transport for existing and future bandwidth intensive C5ISR platforms. The 3T system establishes connectivity at data rates greater than typical satellite links without the recurring satellite airtime costs. The increased throughput capacity offers greater speed for bandwidth-intensive applications such as Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) video distribution. Bandwidth offloaded onto 3T links will allow better use of the limited satellite resources and provide long term cost savings to the warfighter.

"This is a game-changing technology. Our warfighters have been challenged with the high cost of satellite bandwidth because it's a constrained commodity globally. To address this, TCS enhanced the SNAP product line," said Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions for TCS. "Because SNAP and the 3T are modularly designed and backwards compatible, our existing customers of SNAP can upgrade their systems very easily. With SNAP 3T, the warfighter can communicate over long distances (BLOS) without any satellite bandwidth costs. The ROI of the 3T option is very attractive."

3T is a combination of the battle tested SNAP Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) system and Comtech's troposcatter technology, which is also common on today's battlefield. The 3T solution uses Comtech's newest IP capable Troposcatter Terminal, the Modular Transportable Troposcatter System (MTTS), offering significant advances in troposcatter technology while making a considerable reduction in size versus legacy systems. Troposcatter technology overcomes significant terrain challenges that are extremely relevant in today's complex battlefield.

This funding will provide the U.S. Army with equipment and support for TCS' TROPO and SNAP deployable communications products. The U.S. Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network - Tactical (PM WIN-T) Commercial Satellite Terminal Program is funding these procurements through the Army's $5 billion World-Wide Satellite Systems (WWSS) contract vehicle, which has been extended to July 27, 2012 with all deliveries required to be completed by August 28, 2012.

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 and professional services for mission-critical communications. Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world.

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 order 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, 2010, and on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.

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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