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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
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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
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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.

TCOM Aerostat Systems Provide Affordable Persistent Surveillance in Singapore

Global publications recently announced the upcoming deployment of TCOM aerostat systems to safeguard the skies in Singapore. While the specific deployment location has yet to be determined, the presence of a TCOM aerostat system will provide Singaporean security personnel with round-the-clock persistent surveillance at an affordable hourly operational cost, and low total cost of ownership. When compared to ground based systems, TCOM aerostats provide far greater coverage area, with continuous operation. Likewise, when contrasted with manned and unmanned aircraft, TCOM systems provide highly-detailed surveillance data at a fraction of the cost. For further reading on TCOM’s upcoming Singapore deployment please see the articles in:

Today Online

and

The Straits Times

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TCOM sponsors First in Flight Festival on November 1st in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, NC, Oct. 28, 2014: If you look to the skies in Elizabeth City this weekend, you may see chocolate treats falling from the wild blue yonder. The First in Flight Festival returns on Saturday, Nov. 1, featuring vintage and modern aircraft displays, free airplane rides for kids and the famous candy drop—a re-enactment of the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49.

Held at the Elizabeth City Regional Airport from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the First in Flight Festival was first held in 2008 as a way to introduce students to a career in the aviation industry. This year’s schedule will highlight a number of event favorites, including free airplane rides for children ages 8-17, offered by the Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Young Eagle Program”; military and civilian aircraft for viewing; a remote control air show presented by Radio Active Air Shows; and free lunch for the first 1,000 people, courtesy of McDonald’s. New this year will be
the Bandit Flight Team featuring two Chinese YAKs on display and the Chrome Pony Mustang Club with antique Mustang cars for viewing.

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TCOM 17M Tactical Class Aerostat Enhances Port Security, Provides Actionable Intelligence and Improves Time from Detect to Engage for Naval forces in Demonstration at Naval Base San Diego

TCOM’s 17M aerostat system, equipped with a Wescam MX10 sensor, will demonstrate the capabilities of Tactical Class aerostats in the maritime domain. These portable, rapid-deploying systems provide comprehensive surveillance for naval vessels both afloat and ashore in a port environment.

Columbia, Maryland – TCOM, L.P., the global leader in lighter-than-air (LTA) persistent surveillance solutions announced that its 17M Tactical Class aerostat will take part in a demonstration this week at Naval Base San Diego for the DoD Physical Security Enterprise & Analysis Group (PSEAG) Integrated Waterside Security Concept Demonstration (IWS-CD) under the Naval Warfare Development Command’s (NWDC)FY14 U.S. Fleet Forces Command Fleet Experimentation Program (FLEX). TCOM’s aerostat system is designed to increase the time from detect to engage, empowering sailors with enhanced situational awareness.

TCOM’s 17M aerostat system, equipped with a Wescam MX10 sensor, will demonstrate the capabilities of Tactical Class aerostats in the maritime domain. These portable, rapid-deploying systems provide comprehensive surveillance for naval vessels both afloat and ashore in a port environment.

TCOM 17M at San Diego Naval Base

“When naval vessels are moored or transiting port waters, they are subject to unique surveillance and security challenges,” stated TCOM President Ron Bendlin. Threats such as small, fast moving boats aren’t easily detectable using traditional ship-mounted cameras. The aerostat system addresses that challenge by providing elevated, 360-degree continuous aerial surveillance, which can be rapidly deployed either from a vessel or from land at a very low operating cost.”

Traditionally, Navy has relied on electro-optic and infrared cameras mounted on vessels or on towers to provide video surveillance of ships at port. These cameras offer limited range near the surface of the water. Add in the constant traffic of the port environment, as well as obstructions, and the port setting offers numerous opportunities for threats to pass undetected using current technologies.

TCOM’s aerostat system acts as a “virtual fence” 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.

Further, for the PSEAG Integrated Waterside Security Concept Demonstration, TCOM’s system will feed surveillance data into a common command and control network , integrated through the PSEAG’s Joint Interface Group for Security Application Workspaces (JIGSAW) program. This program will allow surveillance data to be distributed to tactical tablets used by security personnel onboard and onshore so that time-critical decision making can take place with real-time awareness of the domain.

“TCOM’s 17M and 12M Tactical Aerostats are ideal for deployment on Naval vessels,” Added Bendlin. “Due to the compact size of the craft prior to assembly, the complete systems leave a small footprint, and are highly mobile.”

Tactical Class 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 HD video surveillance, infrared, comms relay and more. The aerostat can be deployed from the deck of a moving vessel, or stationary from the doc.

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 capabilities. Learn more at www.tcomlp.com.

US Army trains on JLENS ahead of first deployment

The tethered aerostats will sit at some 10,000ft. They can survey an area of some 340 miles (550km), so will be able to monitor the National Capital Region (NCR) – that includes Washington, DC – keeping watch for unmanned air vehicles, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and rockets.

Read Entire Article Here: US Army trains on JLENS ahead of first deployment

Sky Patrol

Since last November, the Border Patrol has stationed five surveillance sky cameras in the Rio Grande Valley area — one in Peñitas, two near Rio Grande City and two near Falfurrias, Border Patrol spokesman Joe Gutierrez Jr. said.

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TCOM Launches Persistent Surveillance Center of Excellence at Company’s Manufacturing and Flight Test Facility (MFTF) in Elizabeth City, NC.

TCOM’s Center Of Excellence Will Serve As A Sensor And Platform Integration And Evaluation Facility For Persistent Surveillance Systems

Elizabeth City, NC – June 26, 2014 – TCOM, the global leader in Lighter-than-Air (LTA) technology is proud to announce the establishment of its Persistent Surveillance Solutions Center of Excellence (CoE) at the company’s Manufacturing and Flight Testing Facility in Elizabeth City, NC. TCOM’s Elizabeth City facility has long served as the East Coast’s primary hub for LTA systems manufacturing, assembly, and testing. Now, the new Center of Excellence will expand its 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.

“TCOM has always been at the center of the LTA community,” stated Ron Bendlin, President and CEO of TCOM. “ After 40 years of pioneering new technologies in lighter than air applications, our new Persistent Surveillance Center of Excellence gives us the opportunity to actively contribute to the growth of the industry by offering our customers a live interactive demonstration experience while at the same time strengthening our partnerships with leading technology companies.”

Image-TCOM-Facilities2TCOM’s vision for the Center of Excellence is to create a multi-function East Coast center for payload testing, offering unique opportunities for the U.S. and international governments to conduct testing and training on a range of LTA platforms and towers. The CoE will also serve to demonstrate complete turn-key ISR and communications solutions to a broad range of domestic and international customers. Due to the facility’s unique infrastructure and capabilities, the CoE will be able to accommodate integration testing and evaluation of the industry’s most advanced sensors and communications equipment. This situationally relevant evaluation will help leaders leverage persistent surveillance applications to improve border surveillance, military base defense, embassy protection and maritime surveillance.

The Center of Excellence enhances TCOM’s position as a leading force driving innovation in the LTA industry and furthers the development of LTA systems into Persistent Surveillance Solutions. TCOM has partnered with radar and camera providers as well as shelter/tower manufacturers and software developers to provide demonstrations of multiple payloads including EO/IR,GMTI, WAS, SIGINT and COMMS relay. The data from the sensors is routed to a Ground Control Station to provide complete situational awareness and sensor control. The Ground Control Station can remotely transmit the sensor control and data to other locations to increase the customer’s ability to utilize the valuable payload information.Gallery-TCOM-22Ms-495x400

By bringing together leading ISR and communication sensor providers from around the globe, the Persistent Surveillance CoE will enable payload specialists to integrate, test and validate cutting-edge sensor technology on an LTA platform in collaboration with TCOM’s Engineering and Operations team.

This will provide an opportunity for TCOM and their partners to demonstrate actual mission capabilities for fully-operational surveillance systems to both domestic and foreign customers. Potential customers will have unrivaled access to fully-integrated systems that address mission sets in the land, sea and air domains.Gallery-TCOM-22M-Payload-495x400

“We have a long history of being an integral part of the community of Elizabeth City, North Carolina.” added TCOM President Bendlin. “As the Center of Excellence grows, we expect create new jobs and drive economic growth within the region.”

TCOM’s Elizabeth City, NC Manufacturing and Flight Testing facility is located on 225 acres, with access to waterways for maritime testing. The facility’s massive 300,000 square foot metal hangar can accommodate LTA vehicles up to 150 feet in height, and is home to all manufacturing and testing for the entire line of TCOM persistent surveillance aerostat systems. The facility offers one-of-a-kind infrastructure to support ongoing LTA systems testing and manufacture.

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 capabilities. Learn more at www.tcomlp.com