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

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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.

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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

TCOM Aerostat Systems Part of Pentagon’s $1Bn in Military Equipment to Iraq

“The Pentagon is planning to deliver an array of military systems to help Iraq protect itself from terrorists. The systems include everything from Humvees, to turboprop aircraft. And let us not forget the blimps on steroids.” Read more in Washington Business Journal.

TCOM Aerostats Provide Effective and Economical Persistent Surveillance along US-Mexico Border


The Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas is one of the busiest drug smuggling and human trafficking corridors along the US-Mexico border. TCOM is partnering with US Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Patrol and local governments in Texas to provide aerostat systems to enable officials to more effectively monitor border areas and detect illegal activity. This video from KGBT Action 4 News, showcases the positive impact TCOM aerostat systems have had in assisting law enforcement officials in Starr County, TX.

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The Skies Have Eyes

Commanders in Afghanistan found the aerostat systems to be essential components to forward operations. Often those aerostats survived hurricane force winds and extreme weather conditions in hostile combat environments. Many of the aerostats used in Afghanistan have already been brought back from the battlefield and re-purposed for use in homeland security operations.

Read Entire Article Here: The Skies Have Eyes

The Rise and Fall

Unmanned lighter-than-air (LTA) technology is arguably the mother of unmanned airborne surveillance, having been around in a variety of different forms for over 100 years.

Read about TCOM aerostats and why these Mission-Critical assets are unmatched.
Download Entire Article Here: The Rise and Fall