United States of America
- Department of Defense
- National Aeronautics & Space Administration
- Trajectory Corrected Munitions
- United States Air Force
The United States Air Force (USAF) announced that two industry teams will
compete for the Transformational Communications MILSATCOM (TCM) Space Segment.
The TCM will provide secure, high-capacity global communications network serving
NASA, DoD and the Intelligence Community. The industry teams will be responsible
for TCM risk reduction and system definition through 2006 when a single
contractor will be selected.
The first TCM satellite is slated for launch in 2011. The Transformational
Communications MILSATCOM Space Segment will incorporate laser communications,
next generation processors and routers, internet protocol, information
assurance, network management, and other advanced technologies that will be
compatible with legacy and planned ground and space network systems.
The TCM network will provide real breakthroughs such as communications on the
move, enhanced airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
connectivity to thousands of users.
The Boeing team comprises Raytheon, Ball Aerospace, General Dynamics, IBM, L-3
Communications, Cisco Systems, BBN Technologies, Hughes Network Systems, Lucent
Technologies, Harris, EMS Technologies, and Alpha Informatics.
The Lockheed-Martin/Northrop-Grumman team also includes Rockwell Collins,
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, L-3 Communications, Stratogis,
Cisco, C&H Associates, and ViaSat.
Each team has been awarded with a $472 million for risk reduction and system
definition through year 2006.
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