Navy to Expand Communications Reach with Nanosatellite Launch

November 19, 2018 – A Navy nanosatellite designed to extend the range of ultra-high frequency (UHF) communications into the polar regions is scheduled for launch Nov. 19 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Officials at the Navy’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Space Systems in conjunction with developers at Space and Naval Warfare Command Systems Center Pacific are leading this effort known as the Integrated Communications Extension Capability (ICE-Cap). ICE-Cap will demonstrate the ability of low-Earth orbit satellites to extend the geographic coverage of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) and…

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General Dynamics Mission Systems Releases Updated MUOS Waveform for U.S. Navy Digital Modular Radio

September 17, 2018 – A General Dynamics Mission Systems-led team successfully completed testing and releases the updated Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) WFv3.1.5 waveform for the U.S. Navy’s software defined Digital Modular Radios (DMR), built by General Dynamics Mission Systems. The new waveform is software that adds the MUOS capability to software-defined DMR radios, and improves secure voice, video and data communications across the MUOS satellite communications (SATCOM) network. The network was recently approved by the U.S. Strategic Command for expanded operational use. DMR is a four-channel radio and the…

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Rockwell Collins to Provide MUOS SATCOM Airborne Radios

September 20, 2018 – Rockwell Collins has been awarded the first long-term contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to supply Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)-capable airborne radios and ancillaries for DoD platforms including fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, ships and ground installations. A five-year agreement through the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for sixth-generation ARC-210 RT-2036(C) radios begins with a base award of $82.6 million in 2018 with four option years to follow. The contract also includes fifth-generation ARC-210 radios and ancillaries, as well…

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Rockwell Collins’ ARC-210 RT-2036(C) becomes first airborne radio to pass ‘Do No Harm’ testing for MUOS SATCOM

Rockwell Collins has carved another place in military communications history by developing the first airborne V/UHF radio that meets the military security requirements for operation with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) new Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). The testing, known as Do No Harm (DNH), was performed on the ARC-210 RT-2036(C) by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The sixth generation ARC-210 is the only airborne radio on the market to have completed testing using the most current MUOS waveform. “We’re at the forefront of this new technology…

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U.S. Navy’s Fifth Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS Satellite Now Supporting Troops with Ultra High Frequency Communications

April 24, 2017 – The fifth Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite is now delivering secure, beyond-line-of-sight communications to troops with legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radios. The U.S. Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command, configured one of MUOS-5’s two communications payloads – its legacy UHF payload – to provide additional support for the Navy’s legacy UHF satellite communications mission. Today, narrowband UHF communications is used by every Combatant Command in aircraft, ships, submarines, ground vehicles, as well as by troops in the field and special operations.…

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