TECOM Industries Inc., a Smiths Interconnect business, announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility dedicated to commercial SATCOM antenna systems. The new facility is located at 951 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park, CA 91320, six miles from the company’s main facility in Thousand Oaks, CA.

In early 2009 TECOM introduced the KuStream™ 1000, a broadband antenna system designed to provide passengers with broadband in-flight connectivity, supporting applications such as SMS, movies, Internet, e-mail and other in-flight entertainment (IFE) services. The new facility will accommodate the production and testing of KuStream™ 1000 and other commercial SATCOM systems.

Arsen Melconian, President of TECOM Industries, said, “This expansion is great news for TECOM. As the KuStream product gains market acceptance we anticipate orders for the entire KuStream product family including KuStream 1000, KuStream™ 2000 and newer variants.”

TECOM Industries has supplied SATCOM antenna systems to military and commercial markets for over 20 years. Recently, the company has been developing market-leading solutions for airborne antenna solutions that meet the specialized needs of commercial airlines.