Rise in HAP-based Wireless Communication Services to Spur High Altitude Platforms…

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “High Altitude Platforms Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 – 2023,” the high altitude platforms (HAPs) market was valued at US$2.30 bn in 2014 and is estimated to reach US$4.77 bn by 2023, expanding at a CAGR of 8.7% from 2015 to 2023. North America accounted for the largest share, in terms of revenue, of the HAPs market in 2014. With high adoption of advanced UAV aircrafts and tethered aerostat systems, especially in the U.S., North America is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period. Asia Pacific is projected to emerge as the fastest-growing market for HAPs during the forecast period, expanding at a CAGR of 10.0% from 2015 to 2023. The market growth of HAPs in Asia Pacific region is mainly driven by the strong and increasing expenditure in HAP-based surveillance systems in China, India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and South Korea. Another significant factor boosting market growth is the growing Internet penetration and increasing demand for high-speed wireless communication services.

 

…The global high attitude platforms market comprises players such as TCOM L.P., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Raytheon Company, Aerostar International, Inc. (Raven Industries, Inc.), Lindstrand Technologies Ltd., ILC Dover LP., Israel Aviation Industries Ltd., AeroVironment, Inc., Worldwide Aeros Corporation, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd…

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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

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TCOM and Logos Technologies successfully demonstrate Wide-Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) Sensor at TCOM’s Persistent Surveillance Center of Excellence

COLUMBIA, MD – TCOM and Logos Technologies successfully demonstrated an exportable color version of Logos’ lightweight Simera wide-area sensor onboard a TCOM 12M™ Tactical Aerostat. The demonstration took place at TCOM’s Persistent Surveillance Center of Excellence (CoE) in Elizabeth City, NC during the first week of July and was attended by both domestic and foreign audiences.Logos WAMI Sensor on TCOM 12M Aerostat

The Simera sensor was integrated onto and flown on the TCOM 12M™ Aerostat system. TCOM’s 12M™ Aerostat system provides an extremely compact and portable platform and is ideally suited to carry the Simera to its optimal altitudes. The 12M™ offers rapid deployment and retrieval, enabling operators in the field to obtain actionable surveillance data faster than ever before. 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 360o area to the operator. Imagery from the full 360o field of view is available in near real time and is continuously recorded for immediate rewind or historical analysis. Simera is a high-performance, adaptable system that offers the reliable near real time and forensic data needed to make critical assessments and take decisive action in the field.

“TCOM sees great value in the inclusion of WAMI sensors into our suite of ISR and force protection payloads already integrated onto our existing family of tactical aerostats,” says Ron Bendlin, President and CEO of TCOM. “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”.

Traditional narrow field-of-view cameras will continue to be a mainstay on aerostats for long-range surveillance, but they cannot survey multiple areas of interest simultaneously and unavoidably miss many marks. The combination of both a narrow field-of-view of a FMV camera and a WAMI sensor can be incorporated in a manner which enables the operators to persistently monitor a large area of interest in both day- and night-time applications and provide slew- to-cue capability for closer surveillance when required.

TCOM established its Persistent Surveillance Solutions Center of Excellence (CoE) at the company’s Manufacturing and Flight Testing Facility in Elizabeth City, NC in 2014. TCOM’s Elizabeth City facility has long served as the East Coast’s primary hub for LTA systems’ manufacturing, assembly, and testing. The Center of Excellence was created to expand the company’s capabilities to include integration testing of platforms, payloads, sensors, and PED technologies in partnership with manufacturers from around the globe to further the development of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems.

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About TCOM, L.P.:
TCOM is the global leader in persistent surveillance solutions. 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 systems for 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 is 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 www.tcomlp.com.

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, 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 www.logos-technologies.com.

TCOM wins the Government Security News magazine competition as the Best Coastal Surveillance Solution for 2015

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June 22, 2015

GSN is pleased to announce the Winners and Finalists in its 2015 annual Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program, which once again demonstrates the spectacular scientific achievements and dedication to homeland security that are shared by the public-private partnership of vendor companies and federal, state and local government agencies.

The program has been expanded in 2015 to include new categories such as Satellite Communications and Search and Rescue, supplementing the core technologies of Access Control & Identification, Detection, Communications, Perimeter Protection and Video Surveillance, all of which continue to improve, evolve and integrate to create stronger defenses.

The program also salutes government agencies and their vendors that have completed truly spectacular security upgrades at Airports and Seaports and in all aspects of Border Security. The “Most Notable” initiatives described in the government category also include a dramatic rescue in Antarctica by the U.S. Coast Guard and a world-class National Identity Card created by HID Global and DGM Sistemas Lda (DGA) of Luanda for the government of Angola, which now has over 6-million users.

Details of these fabulous accomplishments will be available to readers of the 2015 Digital Yearbook of Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Winners that GSN will produce in the next 30 days!

GSN would like to thank the distinguished judge of this year’s program, Chuck Brooks, Vice President for Government Relations and Marketing for Sutherland Global Services. Chuck is also an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Technology Partner networks and is well-known in the Homeland Security field as founder and owner of the two largest Homeland Security discussion groups on Linkedin. In government, he served at the Department of Homeland Security as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Science and Technology Directorate. He also spent six years on Capitol Hill as a senior adviser to the late Senator Arlen Spector. In academia, Chuck was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University and also taught at George Washington University. He is a well-known speaker and has contributed a number of articles to Government Security News and other publications in the Homeland Security field.

CATEGORY: Access Control/Identification

Best Biometric Identification Solution – WINNER: Cross Match

Best ePassport Solution – WINNER: Securiport

Best Physical/Logical Privileged Access Solution – WINNERS: Honeywell Security

Stanley Security Technologies (Tie)

CATEGORY: Best Detection Solutions

Best Biological/Chemical Detection – WINNERS: Bruker Detection/Chemring Sensors (Tie);

FINALIST: Teknoscan

Best Cargo /Vehicle Screening – WINNER: Advanced Cargo Screening,

FINALISTS: Implant Sciences, Teknoscan

Best Explosives/Narcotics/Contraband Detection – WINNER: Surescan Corporation,

FINALISTS: Implant Sciences, Teknoscan

Best Nuclear/Radiation Detection – WINNER: Rapiscan Systems

Best Security Checkpoint (persons, baggage, parcels) – WINNER – Implant Sciences

FINALIST – Global Elite

CATEGORY: Communications Solutions

Best Satellite AIS Solution – WINNER: PortVision

Best Man Overboard Tracking – WINNER: PureTech Systems

Best Mass Notification System – WINNER: LRAD Corporation,

FINALISTS: AtHoc, Regroup Mass Notification

Best Acoustic Hailing Service – WINNER: LRAD

CATEGORY: Surveillance Systems

***Best Coastal Surveillance Solutions – WINNER – TCOM, LP***

Best Video Analytics Solutions – WINNER: NICE SYSTEMS

FINALIST: ProVideo/Golden Eye

Best Video Analytics/Intrusion Detection – WINNER: Honeywell Security

Best Long-Range/Day-Night Surveillance – WINNER: CoHuHD Costar

CATEGORY: Best Perimeter Protection, Fencing, Gates, Guard Booths

Best Fencing, Barriers, Bollards, Gates – WINNERS: Betafence (Fences), Tilt-A-Way (Gates)

Best Guard Service/Facility Protection Service – WINNER: GLOBAL ELITE

Best Integrated Perimeter Protection Solution – WINNERS: Fiber Sensys, Gallagher (Tie)

CATEGORY: Best Integrated Security Programs

Best Geographic Information Service GIS Application – WINNER: Network Harbor

Best Physical Security Information Management Solution (PSIM) – WINNER: Honeywell Security

FINALISTS Network Harbor, NICE Systems

Best Integrated Harbor Security Program – WINNER – Emergency Response Technology, LLC

CATEGORY: Most Notable Government, Government/Industry Security Programs

Most Notable Airport Security Program, Project, Upgrade – WINNER: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

FINALIST: Transportation Security Administration

Most Notable Border Security Program, Project, Upgrade – WINNER: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Most Notable National ID Solution – WINNER: HID Global and DGM Sistemas Lda

Most Notable Search and Rescue of the Year – WINNER: United States Coast Guard

Most Notable Seaport Security Program, Project, Upgrade – WINNER: The Mariner Group

FINALIST: Port of Corpus Christi and CohuHD Costar

Aerospace Persistent Surveillance Leader Expands in Global Markets through Strategic Public Relations & Increased Brand Mindshare

Thanks to Borenstein Group for making TCOM a featured placement in high-profile publications helping us to earn global recognition, ultimately supporting new business growth in the aerostat, manufacturing and surveillance industry.

 

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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 www.logos-technologies.com.

 

Contacts

Logos Technologies LLC
Susan Kerin
Director of Communications
703-237-6550
skerin@logos-technologies.com

 

JLENS Time Lapse Inflation Video

U.S. Northern Command released a time lapse inflation video of the JLENS aerostat at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.

Video Released by: Maj. Beth Smith,
JLENS Public Affairs Officer
NORAD USNORTHCOM Public Affairs
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Aerostats Gaining Over Aircraft for Maritime Surveillance: TCOM President

TCOM President Ron Bendlin talks about the burgeoning aerostat market, its defense surveillance capabilities and the competitive advantage it has over surveillance aircraft.

TCOM President Ron Bendlin talks about the burgeoning aerostat market, its defense surveillance capabilities and the competitive advantage it has over surveillance aircraft.

TCOM is a US-based manufacturer of airborne persistent surveillance solutions. According to the company’s website, “TCOM innovations have defined the industry, and our pioneering achievements continue to revolutionize the design, manufacture and deployment of LTA systems.”

Columbia, MD – Nov. 19, 2014 

Questions and Answers

Q : Aerostat systems are gaining popularity in the maritime surveillance security division. What do you attribute this to?
Ron Bendlin
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Aerostat persistent surveillance systems offer unique advantages over traditional ground-based radar, and onboard surveillance systems. When naval vessels are moored or transiting port waters, they are subject to unique surveillance and security challenges. Threats such as small, low, fast moving boats aren’t easily detectable using traditional ship-mounted cameras or ground-based radar.

TCOM’s aerostat system acts as a “virtual fence” along coastlines, around vessels or around the port perimeter, providing continuous, real time monitoring of activities from an aerial perspective. The camera turret mounted on the aerostat increases the sensor’s area of coverage and reduces blind spots due to obstructions. With this elevated perspective, the system is able to detect threats that would have gone unnoticed. Most importantly, it detects threats sooner, providing security forces with more time to think, react, engage and neutralize threats at port.

TCOM’s Tactical Class and Operational Class aerostat systems (12M, 17M, 22M and 28M) are ideal for the maritime deployment, directly from a vessel at sea. These aerostats can be assembled and deployed in just a few short hours, and manned by a minimal crew. This allows commanders to elect to deploy the aerostat system upon approaching dangerous areas, or when escorting a High Value Unit (HVU). The aerostat system can carry payloads including day/night EO/IR cameras, radars, comms relay and more. The aerostat can be deployed from the deck of a moving vessel, or stationary from a barge or a dock.

Further, TCOM’s Operational Class aerostat systems (22M, 28M) can also be deployed from a mooring station on shore. The larger size and capacity allow the Operational Class systems to operate at higher altitudes for greater surveillance range while remaining aloft for up to two weeks at a time, ensuring round-the-clock persistent surveillance for highly trafficked areas and maritime borders.

Q : What is the competitive advantage of Aerostats over Maritime Surveillance Aircraft?
Ron Bendlin
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There are several significant advantages. The first is cost. Aerostat systems require comparably minimal time to assemble and deploy, very little maintenance all at an exceptionally low hourly operational cost. This allows operators to obtain highly accurate, real-time surveillance data to inform smarter decisions, at a remarkably low total cost of ownership. Secondly, the aerostat system is capable of sustained on-station operation spanning weeks at a time.

This ensures that there are fewer lapses in coverage due to refueling or unexpected mechanical issues. Further, the aerostat system functions as a versatile platform for ISR payloads, including electro-optical/infrared cameras, radar, video, communications relay, even cellular data and Wi-Fi. This means that depending on configuration, with a single aerostat system, operators are able to obtain a broad variety of actionable surveillance data and communications options.

Q : It is said that security forces will be able to detect threats that would have previously gone unseen using Aerostats. Please elaborate.
Ron Bendlin
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Consider the scenario of a crowded port environment. Many ships and small craft transiting through highly congested waterways. A naval vessel enters port, but is limited to using surveillance equipment that looks outward from the deck level. In addition there may be ground-based equipment on shore. These systems together are unable to see the critical activity at the water level. A low, fast moving boat can quickly approach a larger vessel undetected by traditional methods.

This occurred in 2000 with the terrorist attack on the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen. The aerostat system, equipped with sensor payloads, is capable of monitoring the entire port area, for example, including activity at the water level because it is looking down from hundreds or thousands of feet above. The system is able to detect threats and provide leaders with actionable intelligence with a greater window of time to enable forces to intercept or engage.

Q : Could Aerostats be vulnerable to threats such as missiles or aircraft? How can they be defended?
Ron Bendlin
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Due to the inert nature of Helium (the gas with which the aerostat is inflated), aerostat systems do not combust, and are highly resilient in flight. Aerostat systems deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan during combat have been documented to remain aloft and functional even after being hit by gunfire. The low pressure within the aerostat hull allows the system to remain aloft even when punctured. More importantly, many aerostat systems operate at altitudes between 1000m and 5000m depending on the size and payload, which ensures that they are out of range of many threats from the ground.

Q : How big is the Aerostat market right now? What is its expected growth potential?
Ron Bendlin
:

According to a new market research report, “Aerostat Systems Market by Aerostat Class (Small, Medium, Large), by Balloon Type (Spheroidal, Ellipsoidal), by Payload (Electro-Optics , Thermal Imaging Camera , Electronic Intelligence, Surveillance Radar, INS), by Geography (North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East) – Market Forecast & Analysis to 2013 – 2020” The aerostat systems market is projected to rise from $3.93 billion in 2014 to $9.96 billion by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 16.68%. Amongst which North America and Europe are currently dominating the market; but the markets for regions of APAC and the Middle East are expected to show increase by 2020.

Q : Who are your primary customers? Are you pursuing any contracts abroad?
Ron Bendlin
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TCOM’s primary customers are the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and allied governments and militaries around the world. TCOM is a partner to nations that need reliable, affordable persistent surveillance solutions to enhance border security and improve national defense.

Q : Could you elaborate on TCOM’s elevated surveillance solutions?
Ron Bendlin
:

Air Surveillance:
TCOM air surveillance systems utilize the largest class of tethered aerostats, which can routinely operate at elevations of 15,000 feet. The aerostats have the payload size, weight and power capacity to support high performance, long-range radars that can unmask aircraft operating well below the coverage pattern of ground based radars.

The aerostat borne radar can detect these targets, acquire and track very quickly and maintain track on quickly maneuvering targets. In addition to the radar, the aerostat can simultaneously support passive surveillance payloads like COMINT, SIGINT and ELINT.  GCI radios on the aerostat allow direct voice communications between air controllers and their interceptors even at very low altitudes.  The extended range of of these platforms, along with the ability to operate continuously for weeks on end, provides security forces with the intelligence necessary to detect threats far earlier than ground-based systems alone. Early detection affords more time to react and engage these threats.

Land Surveillance:
TCOM Land surveillance systems employ small, medium or large aerostats depending upon the nature of the threat, the operational site, location and required operational altitude. Each aerostat is equipped with proven payloads that are designed to detect and track targets over even the most challenging terrain. TCOM aerostat systems typically carry cutting-edge optical sensors, thermal imaging systems, radars and passive communications intelligence technologies that provide ground forces with actionable data in a timely manner. This early detection of potential threats affords the critical window of time needed to coordinate forces and engage threats, if necessary.

Maritime Surveillance:
TCOM Sea surveillance systems use our medium-class tethered aerostats, equipped with an advanced maritime radar, thermal imaging and optical sensors, and communications payloads that detect and track maritime targets at distances of 60 nautical miles and beyond. A single sea surveillance system can cover thousands of square miles for weeks at a time at the lowest possible hourly cost for an airborne asset. The early detection and direct communications with air and sea assets affords the critical window of time to evaluate the situation, coordinate forces and engage.

Q : Which other companies offer Aerostat based radar solutions and what advantage do you offer to your customers?

Ron Bendlin :

There are other companies that provide aerostat systems. However, no other system has incorporated the many innovative features and technologies that TCOM has developed in over forty years to provide the reliability needed to meet the demand. TCOM continues to develop new innovations that enhance aerostat-system performance, durability and overall effectiveness. TCOM has developed a Center of Excellence in Elizabeth City, NC that promotes innovation in the Lighter-than-Air industry, serving as the central hub of activity driving new ideas and development of new technologies.

Over the past 40 years, TCOM engineers have introduced countless innovations including advanced materials, clean room construction, modern payload integration techniques, reliable ground based power systems and simplified ground control equipment. Our ongoing advancements continue to revolutionize LTA system design and manufacturing techniques. TCOM aerostats are the standard to which all others aspire. Here are just a few reasons why:

Pioneering Achievements:

-First to use laminate materials for aerostat fabrics
-First fiber-optic powered tether system
-First tether to double as LF communications antenna
-First aerostat provider to offer customized payloads and mooring systems
-First lightning protection systems for tethered aerostats
-First fully integrated modular mooring system
-First modern aerostat system to broadcast radio and TV
-First aerostat to carry electronic payloads for US-allied foreign nations
-First sea-based aerostat system
-First aerostat system to remain deployed for missions of 30 days or longer
-First and only company to deploy an aerostat at an altitude of 20,000 feet above ground station
-Produced largest aerostat ever in operation
-Longest ongoing aerostat surveillance operations

TCOM persistent surveillance systems can be customized for a wide range of deployment environments. The complete systems provide total domain awareness, improving mission effectiveness and efficiency. In every environment, TCOM systems provide mission-critical details in time for decision makers to take appropriate action.

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Singapore TV Channel NewsAsia Announces that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Will Deploy an Aerostat System to Aid Surveillance in 2015, Saving the Nation Millions in Defense Spending

Singapore TV Channel NewsAsia recently featured a story about the implementation of an aerostat persistent surveillance system intended to enhance and augment the nation’s outdated ground-based radar systems. The new system, a TCOM 55M aerostat, will deliver round-the clock persistent surveillance at a low total cost of ownership.

After Singapore deploys the new aerostat in early 2015, the system will provide Singaporean security forces with actionable information to achieve total border domain awareness and early detection of potential aerial and maritime threats.

The new TCOM 55-meter aerostat system will be integrated within the nation’s existing border security network, resulting in constant monitoring of Singapore’s airspace and sea lanes. The unmanned system will be equipped with a radar three times more powerful than the current system and will be working around the clock. As a result, the aerostat system will save Singapore an estimated $29 million in operating costs.

Singapore’s Defense Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen stated, “For a small island state like Singapore, surveillance and early warning to give us sufficient reaction time to respond will always be a challenge, but the aerostat will improve our surveillance capabilities significantly.”

 

 

 

TCOM President Ron Bendlin Signs MoU with Bintang Kencana in presence of Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Hj Abdul Razak in providing Aerostat Systems to Improve Maritime Security and Enhance Safety for Malaysian Citizens

TCOM’s Operational Class Aerostat System, equipped with radar and EOIR payloads can provide Malaysian security forces with actionable information to achieve total domain awareness and early detection of potential threats in a contested region of Borneo.

Columbia, MD – October 1, 2014TCOM, L.P., the global leader in persistent surveillance solutions announced that its President, Ron Bendlin has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bintang Kencana during the U.S. – Malaysia Business Forum in New York City that was witnessed by the Malaysian Prime Minister The Honourable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Hj Abdul Razak while in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. The MoU signifies TCOM’s desire to provide the Malaysian government with aerostat systems for maritime domain awareness over the contested Sabah territory of the island of Borneo. TCOM was one of only six U.S. companies in attendance at the forum, and is the only defense systems provider among the group.

TCOM’s persistent surveillance aerostat systems can provide Malaysian security forces with comprehensive maritime surveillance, operating around the clock, solving critical domain awareness challenges in an area where armed incursions into Sabah are common.

“We are honored to be invited to attend this Business Forum as we seek to provide a cost-effective and reliable solution to enhance security and improve safety for Malaysia and its citizens,” stated Ron Bendlin, TCOM President. “We are fully committed to working as trusted partners with our strong allies in Malaysia.”

The Sabah region of northern Borneo is Malaysian territory, though Malaysia’s claim to the area is disputed by a group of citizens from the Southern Philippines.This dispute creates a real and pervasive threat to the safety of Malaysian citizens. These aggressors typically use small wooden boats to travel stealthily into Sabah from the Southern Philippines. These craft often pass undetected by conventional ground-based radar, and move completely unseen under the cover of darkness. TCOM’s elevated surveillance solutions can monitor these waterways around the clock, day or night.

TCOM operational class aerostat systems are the ideal solution for Malaysian security forces’ surveillance challenges. The systems are optimized for the maritime domain, and are equipped with advanced sensor payloads including radar and Electro-Optical Infrared (EOIR) day/night cameras that relay accurate, actionable data to decision makers. Security forces will be able to detect threats that would have previously gone unseen. Further, forces will be able to detect threats more quickly, which enables more time to evaluate, engage and neutralize the threat.

“TCOM’s aerostat systems can empower Malaysian security forces to have complete domain awareness, 24/7,” added Bendlin. “Leaders will have actionable intelligence to guide more effective decisions, keep citizens safe and territory secure.”

The MoU is the first step in the procurement and delivery of TCOM’s aerostat system, which will be provided through TCOM’s local Malaysian partner, Kencana Defence an entity under Bintang Kencana Group of Companies, that will manage deployment, operation and maintenance of the system. TCOM President Ron Bendlin presented Prime Minister, The Honourable Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Hj AbdulRazak with a scale model of an aerostat as a symbol of appreciation of the company’s commitment and long-term partnership.

About TCOM:
TCOM is the global leader in persistent surveillance solutions. 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 systems for 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 is 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 capabilitiesLearn more at www.tcomlp.com.