The USAF Launches Transformational Communications Program

Released on Friday, January 23, 2004
United States of America
DoD - Department of Defense
NASA - National Aeronautics & Space Administration
TCM - Trajectory Corrected Munitions
USAF - 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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