TCOM, Global Leader in Elevated ISR Awareness Solutions, Lands $217.3 Million Contract in Support of Saudi Arabia’s Defense

Columbia, Maryland. TCOM, LP, the global leader in elevated ISR Awareness Solutions, announced that it was awarded a $217.3 million contract from the U.S. Army to provide Saudi Arabia multiple tethered aerostat platforms intended to support military communications and force protection, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance activities. The new contract is completely funded with foreign military sales, according to the Department of Defense. As a result of this award and business growth, TCOM has announced its intention to add new hires in numerous engineering and manufacturing roles in both its Columbia, MD, and Elizabeth City, NC facilities.

TCOM’s persistent surveillance systems deliver a full range of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), force protection, and communications capabilities to joint, interagency, and multinational organizations. The Saudi award comes on the heels of TCOM’s historic win of a five-year, $978.9 Million Prime Contract of the U.S. Army PSS-T Program, designed to support multisensory data collection, 360-degree monitoring, weather detection, communications, and force protection tasks during interagency, multinational and joint operations.

 

TCOM offers Multi-Domain C5ISR Awareness solutions for Critical Infrastructure Force Protection, Distant Warning and Targeting, and Maritime and Border Security. Its elevated awareness Lighter-Than-Air ISR platforms are designed to collect information from multiple sensors and interoperate with other aerial and unattended ground radars. In this era of rapid technology development, maintaining security is an evolving mission with revolutionary threats to changing targets.  TCOM Elevated Awareness Solutions are custom-tailored to meet our customer needs for today and tomorrow.

Designed to enhance customers’ effectiveness in today’s multi-domain operations, TCOM’s Lighter-Than-Air systems provide a persistent presence complementing and enhancing UAVs, Aircraft, and satellites. Capable of delivering 360-degree coverage for detection, surveillance, monitoring, and targeting on long-endurance missions exceeding 14 days, Lighter-Than-Air platforms create a unique ability to understand life patterns in areas of interest.

About TCOM, L.P.:

TCOM, LP, a long-time global leader in Lighter-Than-Air platforms, is proud to offer a full line of elevated awareness solutions.  Combining custom selections of the world’s most advanced sensors, customer-specific communications, and intelligent user interfaces with a broad range of airborne platforms provides the end-user with a cost-effective unparalleled capability. For more information, visit www.TCOMLP.com.

TCOM, Global Leader in Elevated Awareness, to Exhibit Innovative Missile Defense ISR Solutions at the MSPO International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce, Poland

September 2, 2021–Columbia, Maryland. TCOM, LP, the global leader in elevated ISR Awareness Solutions, has announced it will exhibit its latest solutions for Critical Infrastructure Force Protection, Distant Warning & Targeting, and Maritime and Border Security. The MSPO conference will be held between September 7-10, 2021, in Kielce, Poland. TCOM, LP will exhibit at Booth E-52. MSPO’s International Defense Industry Exhibition is considered one of the globe’s most important defense industry events.

TCOM will specifically feature its strategic Lighter-Than-Air 71Meter and 74Meter Persistent Surveillance Aerostat Platforms to optimize Missile Defense programs for European governments. As the number of military threats continues to grow for long-distant scenarios, Governments have a critical need to possess the ability to sense far beyond an active conflict that is critical to national security.

Designed to enhance customers’ effectiveness in today’s multi-domain operations, TCOM’s Lighter-Than-Air systems provide a persistent presence complimenting and enhancing UAVs, Aircraft, and satellites. Capable of providing three hundred-sixty-degree coverage for detection, surveillance, monitoring, and targeting on long endurance missions exceeding 14 days, Lighter-Than-Air platforms create a unique ability to understand life patterns in areas of interest.

TCOM enables a true system-of-systems approach to meet its customers’ objectives effectively and efficiently. With 50 years of operational experience, TCOM can provide customers stand-alone Lighter-Than-Air systems, enhanced sensor packages and upgraded command and control for their current systems, or a complete C5ISR deployment with multiple platform types and communications networks.

About TCOM, L.P.:

TCOM, LP, a long-time global leader in Lighter-Than-Air platforms, is proud to offer a full line of elevated awareness solutions.  Combining custom selections of the world’s most advanced sensors, customer-specific communications, and intelligent user interfaces with a broad range of airborne platforms provides the end-user with a cost-effective unparalleled capability. For more information, visit www.TCOMLP.com.

International Border Security Report Features TCOM on Smarter Border Security Enabled by Persistent Airborne Surveillance Aerostats

Border Security Report, a respected international defense publication, has published today a feature article  about how “Persistent Airborne Surveillance Aerostats enable smarter Border Security.” According to the article, increasing geopolitical tensions in global geo-conflict border security zones, from the South China Sea to the Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict and the Russia-Ukraine and former Eastern Europe NATO allies have made the need for reliable and cost-effective persistent airborne surveillance imperative for effective C5ISR’s doctrine for military and law enforcement decision-makers. As they seek to monitor, identify, and prepare to respond when a real or perceived threat becomes imminent to their strategic interests.

Most critically, effective persistent airborne surveillance must operate in multiple environments. Border security can mean protecting critical infrastructures, maritime ports, entire maritime areas against missiles, and in the air. Adding to that complexity is the presence of largely populated areas in multiple countries proximate to the conflict zone, making it challenging to select one tool or method to create a compelling operational ‘Common Operating Picture’ for defense and border security decision-makers.vRead more at https://border-security-report.com/smarter-border-security-enabled-by-persistent-airborne-surveillance-aerostats/

 

Border Security Report as a bi-monthly publication and the premier international border management industry magazine delivering agency and industry news and developments and more in-depth features and analysis to over 34,000 border agencies, agencies at the borders, and industry professionals, policymakers, and practitioners, worldwide. Read more at https://border-security-report.com/ 

TCOM Wins 2020 Platinum Award as Best Persistent Aerial Surveillance and Monitoring Solution at the Astors’ Homeland Security Awards Competition

TCOM, LP, is pleased to announce today it has won the 2020 Platinum Award for Best Persistent Aerial Surveillance and Monitoring Solution in 2020 in the Astors’ Homeland Security Awards Competition, held by American Security Today magazine. According to the award committee, TCOM’s lighter-than-air Best Persistent Aerial Monitoring Aerostats are providing the U.S. Homeland Security and U.S. Army communities with the most cost-effective aerial persistent surveillance solutions with the promise of integration of new ISR sensors that can watch borders, maritime, and other scenarios efficiently and with cutting-edge innovation.

TCOM Mints Platinum as Best Persistent Aerial Monitoring Solution for Lighter Than Air Aerostats by American Security Today Astors Awards Homeland Security Awards 2020.

Persistent surveillance aerial aerostats remain in critical military demand, particularly at a tactical level as part of all of the above doctrines of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR). For example, in late September 2019, the US Department of Defense awarded a $979 million contract to TCOM – to perform work on the Persistent Surveillance Systems – Tethered (PSS-T) program, a range of medium and large tactical aerostats that provide ISR, force protection and communications capabilities to a range of users. The PSS-T aerostat fleet provides a flexible and affordable capability comprising medium and large-size aerostats to provide persistent, integrated, networked, and multi-sensor information collection via long periods of operation altitude that maximizes lines of sight and field of regard on onboard systems. TCOM’s systems support requirements for Homeland Security on the U.S. southwestern border, as well as in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa, providing persistent surveillance, force protection, and ISR missions, as well as communications extensions. The platforms’ primary advantage is their ability to provide extended time on mission and at an advantageous cost, with aerostats providing great flexibility for operating multiple capabilities simultaneously. Of special notice, TCOM, LP was also recognized as the top solution for persistent surveillance ISR for homeland security in 2019, 2018, and 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.

 

 

 

TCOM Proud to Support Successful Partnership with U.S. Army’s Tobyhanna Global Surveillance Program

The U.S. Army announced today that Tobyhanna Army Depot has been named the depot source of repair (DSOR) for the Persistent Surveillance Systems – Tethered (PSS-T), a key piece of surveillance equipment used across the Department of Defense (DoD). According to the article, the workload will be executed through a public-private partnership (P3) with TCOM, LP of Maryland, and Product Director (PD) Aerostat, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

According to the U.S. Army article, “The PSS-T enables Soldiers to gather constant intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data by using an aerostat – an enormous balloon that uses buoyant gas to hover at low altitudes. The balloon is tethered to a large trailer and is accompanied by a sheltered control room, which allows Soldiers to review and disseminate footage from the PSS-T’s electro-optical/infrared camera systems. PSS-T payloads are used to detect, identify, and track developing situations, improving situational awareness for Soldiers. Because the PSS-T is more efficient to operate than other ISR systems, it is in high demand by multiple DoD branches, including US Customs and Border Protection.”

Technicians conduct testing on top of the PSS-T trailer. (Photo Credit: Thomas Robbins)

The article further explains that the Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for C5ISR systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s Corporate Philosophy, a dedicated workforce, and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners. Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post-production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales, and global field support to our joint warfighters.

About 4,000 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.

Source: https://www.army.mil/article/240353/tobyhanna_supports_global_surveillance_programs_through_partnership_with_industry

TCOM, L.P., Leader in Integrated ISR Solutions, Expands Global Footprint & Operations in the Middle East and Africa; Appoints Mustapha Ouchen as Director of International Business Development.

Columbia, Maryland—May 28, 2020, TCOM, L.P., a global leader in persistent surveillance systems and ISR solutions, has announced a significant expansion of its global footprint and operations in the Middle East and Africa. To spearhead its growth, it has appointed Fortune 500-Veteran Mr. Mustapha Ouchen, as Director of International Business Development for the Middle East and Africa.

Mr. Ouchen is a highly accomplished international business development executive with over 20 years of experience in successfully architecting strategic growth for global Fortune 500 technology companies in the Middle East and Africa. He fluently speaks English, Arabic, and French, and holds an MBA from Lewis University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Ecole Supererieure de Commerce in Marrakech.

Ouchen stated, “I am excited to join TCOM as it expands its global footprint in the Middle East and Africa to offer advanced C4ISR solutions that integrate innovative persistent lighter-than-air tethered surveillance platforms for mission-critical solutions for Air, Ground and Maritime Border Surveillance, Anti-Terrorism, Communications Intelligence, early-detection Missile defense, and other applications.”

Mr. Mustapha Ouchen can be reached at mustapha.ouchen@tcomlp.com or (410) 312-2534 or via his LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mustaphaouchen/

 

About TCOM

TCOM, L.P. is a global leader providing elevated solutions to enhance situational awareness. Since 1971, 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. Headquartered in Columbia, MD, TCOM has a Manufacturing & Flight Test Facility near Elizabeth City, NC, and a satellite office in Aberdeen, MD.

TCOM, L.P., Global Leader in Integrated ISR Solutions, Unveils Refreshed Brand Identity with New Logo and Tagline

Asserting Strategic Focus on Expanded ISR, High-Tech Manufacturing Capabilities, and Fast Growth

Columbia, Maryland—May 05, 2020, TCOM, L.P. announced a new brand identity today with its unveiling of a refreshed logo and tagline. Already a global leader in persistent lighter-than-air tethered surveillance platforms, the new brand identity represents its strategic growth and expansion initiatives, which are focused on enhancing situational awareness for its customers.

Ron Bendlin, TCOM’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Building on our long history of success, the rebranding initiative represents our vision to deliver enhanced capabilities and a deliberate movement up the value stream for TCOM. As a fast-growing company, we are continuing to broaden our core competencies to deliver cost-efficient lifecycle management and deploy highly skilled field services.”

Incorporating the company name, which is now prominently displayed in a modern font, the new logo features an iconic visual element and a tagline across the top. To represent the heritage of lighter-than-air aerostats, the visual element artistically retains the previous logo’s aerostat shape. Transmitting the vision for growth is the “Elevated Awareness” tagline that communicates the company’s plan to provide elevated sensor and communications solutions.

Matthew McNiel, TCOM’s Vice President of Business Development, elaborated, “While we will continue to provide state-of-the-art lighter-than-air platforms, we will now spend equal energy on integrating advanced payloads and modernizing ground control shelters. Coupled with highly effective and efficient sustainment activities, TCOM will ensure that our customers experience the best possible situational awareness throughout the life of their mission.”

McNeil added, “Leveraging TCOM’s 50-year history of a proven track record for delivering excellence, we decided it was time to introduce our fresh new look and feel that aligns with our recent global expansion in strategic capabilities, unprecedented growth, and continued innovation.”

TCOM’s new brand identity follows some major contract wins. With programs putting enhanced systems in the hands of the department of homeland security on the U.S. southern border, upgrading sensors on legacy systems performing long-range early warning and providing engineering, logistics, operations, and program management support for the U.S. Army’s Persistent Surveillance Systems – Tethered (PSS-T) Program, TCOM is primed to execute on its vision.

About TCOM

TCOM, L.P. is a global leader providing elevated solutions to enhance situational awareness. Since 1971, 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. Headquartered in Columbia, MD, TCOM has a Manufacturing & Flight Test Facility near Elizabeth City, NC, and a satellite office in Aberdeen, MD.

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TCOM, L.P., Global Leader in Aerostat Integrated ISR Solutions, Wins $979M Army Tethered Aerostat Support Contract from U.S. Department of Defense

Columbia, Maryland– TCOM L.P., has been awarded a $978,946,631 hybrid (cost-no-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and firm-fixed-price) contract to perform engineering, logistics, operations and program management support for the Persistent Surveillance Systems – Tethered (PSS-T) Program.

TCOM plans for associated work to occur at its facilities in Columbia, MD and Elizabeth City, NC as well as Aberdeen, MD; Tobyhanna, PA and Yuma, AZ. With an estimated completion date of June 19, 2024, work locations may vary on individual tasks. “While TCOM has been a world leader in aerostat platforms for decades, we are very proud that the US Army has selected Team TCOM to provide operational support and sustaining engineering to these sophisticated surveillance systems,” said Matthew McNiel, VP of Business Development, TCOM, L.P.

The objective of this acquisition is to support PD Aerostats’ mission requirements to support Combatant Commanders and joint agency requirements. The PSS-T aerostat fleet consists of a medium and a large size capable of persistent, integrated, networked, and multi-sensor information collection by operating for long periods of time at an altitude to maximize the line of sight and field of regard of on-board systems.

System modernization will incrementally enhance aerostat systems to mitigate obsolescence, to increase effectiveness and to provide survivability improvements.  Common mooring platforms, improved tethers and varied envelope sizes, will decrease the logistical footprint and address obsolescence while creating an adaptive interchangeable platform to support both short- and long-term missions.

According to defense media reports, PSS-T provides combat-proven capability that addresses two of the current intelligence capability gaps in the collection and intelligence enterprise. PSS-T is a highly persistent low-altitude platform that offers inherent cost savings per flight hour as compared to current manned and unmanned airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets. “We highly value the opportunity to be in partnership with the US Army to support this critical mission.  This win results from continuous investment in our corporate strategy and valued employees, further advancing our position as a global leader in delivering integrated ISR solutions to the Department of Defense. We look forward to building on this opportunity to help serve the needs of the U.S. military as well as allied nations with similar needs,” said Ron Bendlin, President & CEO, TCOM, L.P.

About TCOM

TCOM, L.P. is a global leader of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) solutions of Lighter-than-Air Persistent Surveillance Tethered Aerostat platforms for Air, Maritime, and Land. Since 1971, 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. 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 manufacturing, assembly, flight test, and training capabilities.

TCOM Wins Platinum Award for Best Persistent Surveillance Solution at the American Security Today 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards

TCOM, L.P., a global leader for innovative, cost-effective ISR Airborne Persistent Surveillance Aerostat Solutions—accepted a Platinum Award presented by American Security Today for its Persistent Surveillance Aerostats as part of the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards.

The ‘ASTORS’ program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security, enterprise and public safety vertical markets.

Aerostats offer persistent surveillance solutions that have unique advantages over traditional ground-based and airborne surveillance systems. Aerostat systems act as a “virtual fence” along coastlines, around vessels, or the port perimeter by providing continuous, real-time monitoring of activities in a cost-effective solution. The systems can detect threats at greater range and in the blind spots of traditional surface based sensors, providing security forces with more time to think, react, engage, and neutralize threats.

Combining powerful radar, longer deployment times and customizable payload configurations with low cost per flight hour configurations, TCOM’s Aerostats are the perfect solution for persistent surveillance. 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.

“As the nation continues to respond to escalating threats from home and abroad, the innovative solutions being implemented to meet those threats, have led to tremendous growth in the field of Homeland Security,” said Michael Madsen, co-founder and publisher of American Security Today. “Today, the United States is increasingly focusing on protecting IT/cyber security networks, and government and security professionals are calling on innovative companies like those honored with 2018 ASTORS Awards, to help them do so.”

“ASTORS’ nominations are evaluated by American Security Today’s panel of sector experts on their technical innovation, interoperability, specific impact within the category, overall impact to the industry, relatability to other industry technologies, and application feasibility outside of the industry,” according to Tammy Waitt, co-founder and editorial director of American Security Today.

“It’s very rewarding to be recognized for our pioneering work in addressing the important security needs of persistent surveillance. What differentiates TCOM’s Aerostats is their ease of deployment, efficiency and the fact that they can service as eyes in the sky. For those reasons, TCOM Aerostats have been used as part of the longest ongoing Aerostat surveillance operations,” said Matthew McNiel, VP of Business Development at TCOM.

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 http://www.tcomlp.com.