TCOM Recognized by New Zealand’s Line of Defence Magazine as Major Persistent Surveillance Solution for its Expansive Maritime Borders

TCOM—a global leader for innovative, cost-effective Airborne Persistent Surveillance Solutions was recently interviewed for the latest addition of the Line of Defence magazine. TCOM’s Vice President, Matt McNiel, sat down to discuss TCOM’s unique ISR solutions and how New Zealand can benefit from Lighter-Than-Air Persistent Surveillance Tethered Aerostat platforms.

In Line of Defence’s own words, “It’s our objective that the magazine become the New Zealand defence industry’s voice – and a force multiplier in the projection of that voice to national and international audiences.” That’s why LoD focuses on insights and views of business, military, government and academia within the one publication, and have become the leaders in their field.

Now, more than ever, having consistent situational awareness is imperative. What makes New Zealand’s issues so challenging for ISRs is implementing a multi-modal solution for air, land and sea environments.

Fortunately, McNiel explains how TCOM can lay out a ’virtual fence’ along coastlines to provide continuous, real-time monitoring of activities. What makes TCOM’s aerostats stand out is their ease of deployment, efficiency, and the fact that they can serve as eyes in the sky in international waters and other maritime regions. Moreover, aerostats offer a combination of wide viewing angles and high resolution for more precise identification of small objects, as well as surveillance of larger areas. In short, aerostats enable true, persistent real-time tactical ISR at an affordable cost.

By combining advanced maritime radar, longer deployment times, and customizable payload configurations, TCOM’s aerostats are the perfect solution to solving New Zealand’s security worries.

To see the full article, in the July issue of Line of Defence Magazine, check out the link here.

About Line of Defence Magazine:

DEFSEC Media Group is New Zealand’s defence, security and fire B2B/B2G publisher. We are 100% independently Kiwi owned and operated. Mixing expert industry, government and academic authorship with cutting-edge journalism, it is our mission to showcase New Zealand’s defence, security and fire protection sectors to the world.

About TCOM, LP:

TCOM, LP is a global leader of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) solutions of Lighter-than-Air Persistent Surveillance Tethered Aerostat platforms for Air, Maritime, and Land. For over 40 years, the company’s pioneering innovations have defined the persistent surveillance and Lighter-than-Air industries. By blending leading edge technology, manufacturing and field operation capabilities, TCOM has provided ISR systems for the United States and foreign governments with complete persistent surveillance capabilities. Our systems are in use around the globe including theaters of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. TCOM’s delivered systems include fixed-site deployments, fully transportable systems and specialized sea-based deployments. TCOM’s headquarters are based in Columbia, MD and the Manufacturing & Flight Test Facility is located near Elizabeth City, NC. TCOM is the only company in the world devoted to cost-effective LTA surveillance solutions with in-house aerostat and airship manufacture, assembly, flight test, and training capabilities. Learn more at

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Bravura to Lead U.S. Army’s Aerostat Management Under $306 Million Contract

Bravura Information Technology Systems, Inc. will ensure operations, maintenance and sustainment of the U.S. Army’s aerostats under a new program called Persistent Surveillance Systems – Tethered (PSS-T). This $305.7 million U.S. Army contract combines the capabilities of the Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) and the Persistent Ground Surveillance System (PGSS), which were fielded to support joint urgent operational needs.

“These aerostats provide crucial information and protection for our men and women in uniform who serve in remote and dangerous locations,” said Bravura CEO Claudine Adams. “We are thrilled that our dedicated team will support these key programs and continue the important legacy of aerostat innovation.”

To help protect troops in the field, the U.S. Army has placed an increased emphasis on providing more and better intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Persistent surveillance and threat detection systems have proven especially effective in identifying improvised explosive devices, tracking insurgent movements and monitoring other suspicious activity.

PSS-T provides warfighters with an effective ISR capability, support to force protection and platforms to extend communications networks beyond line of sight. Filled with helium and attached to mobile mooring systems by high-strength tethers, PSS-T large and medium aerostats have scalable capabilities providing around the clock surveillance of broad areas for weeks.

Bravura is partnering with Lockheed Martin and TCOM to help meet its efforts to support combatant commanders and joint agency requirements. Each company’s innovative capabilities will be instrumental in technical consolidation and operational streamlining for the new program.

Lockheed Martin, the PSS-T Large developer, delivered its first lighter-than-air (LTA)-based persistent ISR systems to the U.S. Navy more than 75 years ago and has produced more than 300 airships and thousands of aerostats in support of military operations world-wide.

“We are pleased to partner with Bravura to extend our legacy of lighter-than-air innovation, engineering and production,” said Paula Hartley, vice president, Advanced Product Solutions, Lockheed Martin. “PTDS has performed exceptionally in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2004 and we are looking forward to many more years of supporting our customers’ needs for affordable, reliable aerostat systems.”

TCOM, with operations in over 12 countries, is the PSS-T Medium developer and a global authority in airborne persistent surveillance solutions. For over 40 years, TCOM innovations have defined the LTA industry, and its pioneering achievements continue to revolutionize the design, manufacture and deployment of LTA systems.

“We are proud to join Bravura as they continue providing the combat proven PGSS platforms for soldiers abroad,” said Ron Bendlin, president, TCOM. “PSS-T, as a program of record, represents an enduring aerostat capability for the U.S. Army, and TCOM looks forward to supporting Bravura with cost effective and innovative solutions in the years ahead.”

Other PSS-T team members include: Tobyhanna Army Depot, which provides logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems; Dragoon Technologies, Inc., a service-based engineering company providing advanced systems integration and installation for airborne ISR platforms;  Priority Worldwide Services, which provides supply chain solutions globally;  Accent Controls, Inc., an entrepreneurial systems integration engineering firm; Cape Fox Professional Services, which provide advanced technology and safety training solutions to federal clients; Digital Results Group, which provides web-enabled software and technology solutions that fuse, in real-time, sensor and intelligence data to support operations; and STS International, which protects U.S. infrastructure and forces both at home and abroad.

Work on the PSS-T program will be performed in Aberdeen and Columbia, Maryland, Melbourne, Florida and Akron, Ohio.

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About Bravura
Headquartered in Aberdeen, Maryland, Bravura is a woman-owned, minority owned, small disadvantaged business with a wealth of Department of Defense, Army, and intelligence community experience. With over 30 years of experience, Bravura employs a highly skilled leadership team of proven and experienced personnel. Our professionals are ready to provide quality driven, customer focused, schedule-determined, risk mitigated and cost restrained solutions to help our clients gain maximum value for mission success.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 98,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

About TCOM

TCOM’s headquarters is in Columbia, Maryland, and the Manufacturing & Flight Test Facility is located near Elizabeth City, North Carolina. TCOM is the world’s leading company specializing in cost-effective LTA surveillance solutions with in-house aerostat and airship manufacture, assembly, flight test and training capabilities.

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Army Taps Bravura for $306M Persistent Surveillance Systems-Tethered Program Support IDIQ

Bravura Information Technology Systems has won a potential four-year, $305.7 million contract to support the U.S. Army‘s tethered aerostat-based system for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The Army Contracting Command received four bids for the Persistent Surveillance Systems-Tethered support contract through a competitive procurement online, the Defense Department said Monday.

The PSS-T program is composed of MX15 and MX20 electro-optic/infrared sensors, STARLite Radar and Kestrel wide-area airborne sensor technology designed to provide situational awareness, ISR and communications support for warfighters and combatant commanders.

Work under the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract will run through July 31, 2020, according to DoD.

The Army will obligate funds and determine the work location upon award of each task order.

Aberdeen, Maryland-based Bravura Information Technology Systems is a minority-owned, woman-owned, small disadvantaged business that provides systems engineering, program management, network systems and logistics support, as well as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives defense assistance to government and industry clients.

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…In the last 30 years and even more so in recent years, as threats and technology have evolved and the need for 24/7 ISR has increased, helium-filled balloons—aerostats—have returned to the field. They are increasingly recognized as useful tools for long-term continuous ISR, as they overcome the greatest disadvantage of aircraft-based systems – limited fuel and flight time. They may also provide a visual deterrence to illegal activity, as they are lowered only for refueling and maintenance sessions…


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Surveillance and communication – the enormous TCOM 74M aerostat. Photo credit: TCOM

12M Blimps Can Now Assist Emergency Response Efforts

TCOM, a global leader in persistent surveillance Aerostat solutions and Logos Technologies LLC, an innovative developer of advanced sensors for Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI), have successfully demonstrated a 12m aerostat—or tethered blimp—with WAMI sensor designed for persistent surveillance in a number of scenarios, including emergency response, disaster relief and monitoring large crowd gatherings.

The demonstration took place at TCOM’s Persistent Surveillance Center of Excellence (CoE) in Elizabeth City, NC last month. Logos’ lightweight Simera wide-area sensor was integrated onto and flown on a TCOM 12M Tactical Aerostat.

TCOM’s 12M aerostat system provides a compact and portable platform. The aerostat enables rapid deployment and retrieval, enabling operators in the field to obtain actionable surveillance data at rapid clip. The 12M has a payload weight capability of 60lbs (27kg) and a mission endurance of up to 5 days.

The Simera system, at only 40lbs (18 kg), provides persistent coverage of a full 360 degree area to the operator. High-definition imagery from the full 360 field of view is available in near real time and is continuously recorded for immediate rewind or historical analysis.

Logos indicated Simera’s affordability and rapid deploy capability make the system an excellent wide area persistent coverage tool for disaster relief, counter-terrorism, sporting event security, anti-poaching monitoring and port or rail security.

“TCOM sees great value in the inclusion of WAMI sensors into our suite of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and force protection payloads already integrated onto our existing family of tactical aerostats,” said Ron Bendlin, president and CEO of TCOM, in a statement. “These WAMI systems, when paired with sensors providing full-motion video (FMV), greatly increase the persistent surveillance collection and forensics analysis tools that are highly advantageous for our customers with requirements in the areas of law enforcement, emergency response, critical asset protection, force protection, as well as other areas.”

TCOM Vice President, Business Development, Matthew McNiel, told Homeland Security Today he foresees a number of applications for the 12m aerostat with WAMI sensor, including aiding first responders by offering a significant advantage in situational awareness.

McNiel said, “When coupled with additional payloads, it could also provide local non-line of sight communications via hand held radio or cell phone in the absence of operational towers.”

In addition, the system is also ideal for border security. TCOM’s tethered aerostats have already provided the US Coast Guard, US Air Force, and Customs authorities with the range and reliability needed to enforce border security.

“The elevated position provided by the aerostat enables the wide area motion imagery sensor to cover a circular area of approximately 95 square kilometers with persistent, video imagery and full forensic capability,” McNiel said. “This provides, not only real-time surveillance, but significant advantage in forensic exploitation.”

Through the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), TCOM aerostat systems along the southern US land and maritime borders have consistently deterred airborne and surface smugglers, and have provided authorities with real-time actionable intelligence needed to take decisive action.

“As essential assets in the TARS program, TCOM aerostats continue to serve as steadfast sentinels, keeping citizens safe, and our nation’s border under constant guard,” McNiel said.

As with any surveillance system, privacy concerns have been raised. While TCOM supports the military and homeland security missions, it does not provide data, but rather the platform approved by the government programs.

“Surveillance systems, by nature, run counter to privacy concerns,” McNiel said. “However, there are no aspects to the WAMI system as tested at TCOM’s Center of Excellence that are more invasive than traditional closed circuit TV (such as local security cameras or traffic/red light cameras).”

 By: Corey Diehl, Staff Writer for Homeland Security

To view the entire article from Homeland Security, click HERE.

Logos demos first and only wide-area sensor for export at TCOM’s Center of Excellence in Elizabeth City, NC

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FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Logos Technologies successfully demonstrated its new, lightweight Simera wide-area sensor aboard an aerostat, or tethered blimp, at TCOM’s Persistent Surveillance Solutions Center of Excellence in Elizabeth City, N.C.

“It’s the smallest aerostat-mounted WAMI system with this level of capability being marketed and sold abroad”

The demonstration, which took place in February and followed on the heels of field tests in late January, proved the maturity of the Simera airborne wide area motion imagery (WAMI) system for both military and civilian customers.

“Simera was able to locate and track targets of interest over a city-sized area in real time,” says John Marion, president of Logos Technologies, LLC, “and its TiVo-like recording function allowed operators to analyze activity captured within Simera’s 360-degree field of view.”

Simera is based on Kestrel, the only aerostat-based WAMI sensor used on the battlefield. Also developed by Logos, Kestrel has been deployed at forward operating bases in Afghanistan since 2011, providing troops with round-the-clock protection against IED attacks.

Weighing only 40lbs (18 kg), Simera can be employed on a wider variety of platforms than Kestrel, including fast-to-deploy tactical aerostats. In addition, it is not subject to the same export restrictions.

“It’s the smallest aerostat-mounted WAMI system with this level of capability being marketed and sold abroad,” Marion notes.

Logos has a long history developing WAMI sensors. It pioneered the first such system for manned aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan and has since been miniaturizing its WAMI sensors for use on both tactical aerostats and small unmanned aircraft.

Aerostat manufacturer TCOM opened its Center of Excellence last year in order to provide government and private industry a site where they could conduct integration testing for platforms, payloads and data processing, exploitation and exploitation technologies.

About Logos Technologies

Founded in 1996, Logos Technologies LLC is a diversified science, engineering and technology company specializing in the fields of advanced sensors, wide area motion imagery, cyber operations, advanced analytics and processing of large, multisource datasets. Logos serves government customers including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security, as well as a range of customers in commercial and international markets. Learn more at



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