TCOM, a global leader for innovative, cost-effective Airborne Persistent Surveillance Solutions, and a 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner, is participating in the 2018 Singapore Airshow where it will showcase superior persistent surveillance solutions at booth R92 in the USA pavilion.
- Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner
- TCOM 28M Maritime Persistent Surveillance Aerostat
- Best Maritime/Seaport Security Solution
The long-awaited 2018 Singapore Airshow will take place February 6-11 in the Changi Exhibition Centre; showcasing the world’s finest and innovative in the avionics and defense industries.
(Learn More about TCOM platforms, features, functionality and capabilities featuring Lt. Gen. Keith Stalder, USMC (ret), Lt. Gen. Jan Huly, USMC (ret). Courtesy of TCOM, LP and YouTube)
TCOM is the global authority in airborne persistent surveillance solutions with operations in over 20 countries around the world.
For over 40 years, TCOM innovations have defined the industry, and their pioneering achievements continue to revolutionize the design, manufacture, and deployment of Lighter Than Air (LTA) systems.
TCOM platform solutions include numerous classes of aerostats that can each be equipped with a broad selection of proven payloads that are customizable for specific customer requirements.
The TCOM 22M and 28M Operational Class Aerostats are versatile, battle-proven, rapid deployment, persistent surveillance solutions.
They are equipped to detect and track targets in the most challenging terrain, including those at sea.
Recently, it has been widely reported that regional states such as the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and New Zealand, are actively increasing their ISR vigilance.
Adding to that complexity is the presence of largely populated areas in multiple countries proximate to the conflict zone, making it difficult to select one tool or method to create an effective operational ‘big picture’ for decision makers.
Wisely, countries are also considering an all-of-the-above approach for their defenses to ensure full situational awareness with optimized intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) for land, air, and sea domains.
(Learn More. TCOM’s complete platform solutions include numerous classes of aerostats that can each be equipped with a broad selection of proven payloads that are customizable for specific customer requirements. Courtesy of TCOM and YouTube)
This year, TCOM will showcase the unique value its maritime systems can provide.
Unhindered by costly fuel or aeronautic maintenance the Aerostat systems provide unmatched ISR capabilities.
Their true strengths are observed with their Maritime ISR showings as the Aerostat is not “just a balloon” but a persistent, unmanned, ISR platform.
Specific to the maritime environment where ground surveillance is rendered ineffective by the scale of the maritime environment, tactical and strategic Aerostats outperform other solutions based on their ability to carry a wide variety of payload to altitudes in excess of 20,000 ft. above mean sea level (MSL) with station time measured in weeks not hours.
Aerostat systems need little time to deploy and have lower maintenance requirements at a substantially lower hourly operational cost than conventional aircraft and drones.
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.
Aerostats can serve as a platform for an array of sensors to provide indications and warnings of aerial and maritime threats.
Such as the scenario which occurred in 2000 with the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.
(Store Keep Chief Petty Officer Sean Taitt relates his experience on USS Cole (DDG 67) when it was attacked in Aden, Yemen on 12 October, 2000. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy and YouTube)
The helium-filled Aerostat provides a clear line of sight over air and sea space to a range of up to 200km.
The reinforced tether provides near real-time ISR to the ground station personnel who can make smarter decisions based on actionable assessments.
This is especially useful when dealing with extremely busy ports, and the difficult task to observe highly a congested waterway.
Threats to congested waterways are ever present and not hindered by time, a safe port is a productive port and is at risk of failure without superior surveillance systems such as the Aerostat.
TCOM Wins Platinum in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
American Security Today’s 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East was an overwhelming success, with distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government.
Over 100 professionals gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission
- State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies, and
- Leaders in Private Security
Recognized for their Innovative Training and Education Programs, Outstanding Product Development Achievements and Exciting New Technologies to address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing.
American Security Today was formed after careful reflection of 9/11 and its aftermath when the Department of Homeland Security was established and there was an immediate explosion of new products and solutions for what was perceived as an imminent second attack on primary targets in the United States.
As time moved forward from 9/11 itself and in recent years, the threats to our nation have evolved from a large scale 9/11 type attack to:
- Domestic and International Terrorist Attacks carried out by ‘lone wolves’ and coordinated individuals
- Cybersecurity breach attacks against our government agencies, financial institutions and critical infrastructure facilities
- Unprecedented urban violence
- Cultural shifts and societal media bias, which make it increasingly difficult to secure our nation in this constantly evolving threat environment.