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TeleCommunication Systems, Northrop Grumman And Lockheed Martin Team To Produce Affordable Satellite Terminals For Protected Communications

Protected Communications on the Move (P-COTM):

  • Developed jointly by Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, the baseline terminal is interoperable with Milstar and AEHF satellite systems currently in orbit.
  • Electronics transmit at 256 Kbps and receive at 1.544 Mbps, with an uplink performance of 256 Kbps in rain or jamming environments.
  • A tactically rugged terminal with a low-profile vehicle antenna was developed in three years, half the time of development cycles for fielded Milstar- and AEHF-compatible terminals.
  • This solution achieves affordability by leveraging existing designs, technology and government and commercial investments while implementing commercial best practices for procurement and production.
  • The hardware and software are extensible to other form factor terminals, such as small, fixed terminals that can be packed in transit cases, shipboard terminals for small deck ships, and low-cost airborne terminals for unmanned aerial vehicles and piloted aircraft.

Protected SIPR/NIPR Access Point (P-SNAP):
  • Developed in collaboration with Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, P-SNAP incorporates both SNAP and P-COTM components.
  • The P-SNAP system is significantly smaller and lighter than currently available protected communication alternatives.
  • The complete terminal system is packaged in three transit cases.
  • Two people can easily set up the system within 30 minutes.
  • P-SNAP is designed to support modular quick-change feeds and upgrade kits to provide backward compatibility for traditional SNAP operations in Ku- and Ka-bands.

Supporting Quotes:
  • Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions, TCS, said:

"This alliance is a remarkable opportunity for our three world-class technology companies to meet the challenge posed by the military: to invest in critical technologies and rapidly field needed communication capabilities for tactical military operations. Leveraging the companies' strengths, we have developed the LCT solution to provide assured mission command and freedom of action at a much lower cost."
  • Fred Ricker, vice president and deputy general manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, said:

"Military leaders have requested industry to self-fund technology development and new equipment as the fastest way to get much-needed capabilities to troops. We have more than met that challenge with this development. Our terminals can be produced for a cost significantly below currently fielded EHF terminals and can change the paradigm, making protected satellite communications widely available for tactical warfighters at all echelons."
  • John Miyamoto, vice president of Advanced Programs for Lockheed Martin's Military Space line of business, said:

"As U.S. space-based technology becomes more and more advanced, the next challenge becomes ensuring that the men and women of our armed forces fully benefit from all our satellites have to offer. Harnessing the strengths of our LCT industry partnership, we can rapidly deliver lower-cost protected communications terminals that will enable warfighters to fully tap into the vastly improved global, survivable, highly secure, protected communications that AEHF delivers."

About Northrop GrummanNorthrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.

About Lockheed Martin       Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation's net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.

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' cybersecurity 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 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, 2011, and on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

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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TCS Company Contact:     Meredith AllenSenior Director Corporate Communications                                          410-295-1865                                                                      

TCS Media Contact: Nadel Phelan, Inc. Graham Sorkin831-440-2406 

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Contact: Bob BishopMedia Relations ManagerOffice: 310-812-5227Mobile: 310-251-0261

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Contact: Michael FriedmanSenior Communications RepresentativeOffice: 303-971-7255 Mobile: 303-909-6735


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