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.
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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.
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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.
TCOM offers the Operational Class Aerostat Systems that the company labels as ideal for maritime and border surveillance. These medium-sized systems are versatile and are capable of sustained deployments of up to two weeks. They are customizable, offering the consumer the flexibility to meet mission objectives.
Load it up: These systems can carry payloads that include radar, signals intelligence and communications devices and can reach altitudes as high as 915 meters (3000 ft) above the ground control station.
The models: TCOM offers the TCOM 22M and TCOM 28M. The 22M can be assembled in a few hours and can be rapidly deployed without needing any special equipment. This model is operational in Afghanistan and is capable of carrying multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payloads. Based on the 22M, the 28M is one of the most widely-used aerostat systems, is battlefield ready and can be customized with a variety of payload configurations to meet mission requirements.
Payload Weight: 190 kilograms (425 lbs)
Altitude: 900 meters (3000 ft)
Flight Duration: 14 days
Wind Speeds: 50 knots operational / 70 knots survival
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The TCOM 22M is operational in Afghanistan.
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