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DHS Selects Hughes Network Systems for $3B TacCom II Contract; Rick Lober Quoted

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Jeff Brody

Hughes Network Systems announced on Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected the company as an awardee of the $3 billion DHS Tactical Communications Equipment and Services II (TacCom II) contract vehicle.

TacCom II now includes satellite technology and services from Hughes to enhance agency capabilities for emergency communications, rural and remote connectivity, and Communications-On-The-Move (COTM) systems.

"At Hughes, we understand that to be mission-ready, the government needs reliable access to resilient, tactical communications where and when they need it," said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager, Defense and Intelligence Systems Division at Hughes. "TacCom II will enable agencies to rapidly deploy secure satellite-enabled solutions like cellular backhaul, Wi-Fi hotspots, VoIP and mobility to keep their workforces connected, no matter where the mission takes them," Lober added. 

Designed to enable mission critical information and situational awareness sharing, TacCom II is expected to foster inter-agency collaboration among DHS and nine participating agencies, including the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Justice, Health and Human Services, State, Treasury, Veterans Affairs, White House Communications Agency, and the U.S. Air Force.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet, the world's largest satellite network with over 1.4 million residential and business customers across the Americas. For large enterprises and governments, the company's HughesON™ managed network services provide complete connectivity solutions employing an optimized mix of satellite and terrestrial technologies.