Navy schedules satellite system upgrade

TCS to support Military Sealift Command Next Generation Wideband system

TeleCommunication Systems Inc. will provide satellite communications assistance to the Military Sealift Command under a $315 million indefinite, delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a guaranteed first-year minimum of $5 million.

TCS was named the sole awardee on the IDIQ contract for the Military Sealift Command’s Next Generation Wideband commercial satellite communications infrastructure and service.

The Annapolis, Md., satellite services company will provide integrated systems and services to the Navy’s Military Sealift Command Next Generation Wideband communications that will result in a highly secure, turnkey solution using a proven commercial antenna system and comprehensive wideband satellite coverage, the company said in a statement today.

TCS 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.

The eight-year contract, which replaces the current MSC Afloat Bandwidth Efficient Satellite Transport commercial satellite communications infrastructure, runs through Nov. 2, 2018.

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization is managing the contract activity and selected TCS in full and open competition.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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