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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