Lockheed-Martin Wins $2 Billion MUOS Contract


Released on Friday, September 24, 2004
United States of America
MUOS
UFO
JTRS - Joint Tactical Radio System
MUOS - Mobile User Objective System
UHF - Ultra High Frequency
A Lockheed-Martin led team has been awarded a $2.11 billion contract by the US Navy to build the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), a next generation narrowband tactical military satellite communications system that will provide significantly improved and assured communications for the mobile warfighter.

The team of Lockheed-Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California; General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Boeing Satellite Systems, El Segundo, California; will now produce the first two satellites and associated ground control elements. The contract also provides for options on three additional spacecraft. If all options are exercised, that means production of five satellites, this contract could be valued at $3.26 billion.

The first MUOS satellite launch is scheduled for 2010. MUOS satellites will replace the current US Navy narrowband tactical satellite communications system known as the Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UFO) system. MUOS will be fully compatible with UFO system and its legacy terminals.

The network centric capable MUOS will provide simultaneous voice, data and video in real time to mobile warfighters around the globe as well as improved availability compared with UFO. It will also maximize the full feature capability of the future Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) terminals.

Lockheed-Martin's commercial A2100 bus will serve as the MUOS spacecraft platform. General Dynamics will be responsible for the integrated ground control and the user-entry segments. Boeing will supply a significant portion of the UHF payload capability and Harris Corporation will supply the spacecraft antenna. The team also includes Northrop Grumman.

The $2.11 billion contract provides funds for the next seven years. If all options are exercised, the program efforts associated to this contract will be completed in 2015. MUOS will consist of a multi-beam geostationary constellation backed by an on-orbit spare satellite, the ground system supporting the satellite and network control, and a common air interface waveform. The MUOS will provide a beyond line-of-sight data rate transfer of 64Kb per second and below. The system will be operational, beginning by 2010, over the next two decades until 2030.

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