Enhancing Military Communication: Satellite Extension to Bolster U.S. Defense Capabilities

In an effort to sustain and enhance U.S. military communications, Lockheed Martin has secured a new contract with the U.S. Space Force. The contract, valued at $66 million, is a critical step in prolonging the lifespan of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), which will now continue to deliver state-of-the-art communication services into the next decade. This initiative underscores the U.S. military’s commitment to maintaining robust and reliable communications for its operational forces through technological advancements.

The contract entails an initial phase aimed at minimizing risks and outlining preliminary designs, with the potential for extending this period to further refine the project. Following this, a competitive bidding process will ensue for the complete design, construction, and deployment of two additional satellites intended to join the MUOS constellation. The introduction of these satellites is anticipated to ensure four active satellites remain operational at all times, alongside spares, thereby reinforcing the network’s communications capabilities.

MUOS, operated by Lockheed Martin, is a crucial asset for the U.S. defense forces, offering tenfold the communications capacity compared to the earlier UHF SATCOM system. The system is cyber-secure and has supported not only combat operations but also humanitarian efforts since its initial deployment. The extension is vital to assure interoperable communications for the U.S. with its international partners, as seen with the integration of Canadian forces into the network.

Upon successful completion, the extended MUOS network will feature improved WCDMA waveform technology, enhancing voice, video, and data transmissions for U.S. troops, regardless of their location. This enduring commitment to the warfighters’ communications needs demonstrates the forward-thinking strategy of the U.S. military and Lockheed Martin in maintaining a technological edge in the realm of satellite communications.

FAQs for Lockheed Martin and U.S. Space Force MUOS Contract

What is the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)?
MUOS is a next-generation satellite communications system that provides the U.S. military with significantly improved communications capabilities compared to the legacy UHF SATCOM system. It features increased capacity, cyber-security, and supports a variety of efforts including combat operations and humanitarian missions.

What is the value of the new contract between Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Space Force?
The contract is valued at $66 million and aims to extend the life and enhance the capabilities of the MUOS.

What does the new contract with Lockheed Martin entail?
The new contract involves an initial phase focusing on risk reduction and preliminary designs, which may be extended to further refine the project. Afterwards, there will be a competitive bidding process for the complete design, construction, and deployment of two additional satellites to the MUOS constellation.

What are the anticipated benefits of adding two more satellites to the MUOS constellation?
The addition of two satellites is expected to ensure that there are always four active satellites operational, along with spares, to provide a robust and reliable communications network for the U.S. military.

Who operates the MUOS and what are its benefits for the U.S. military?
Lockheed Martin operates MUOS. The system offers a tenfold increase in communications capacity over the previous system and integrates advanced technology such as WCDMA waveform to improve voice, video, and data transmissions for U.S. troops globally.

Why is the extended MUOS network important for international interoperability?
The extended network is important for ensuring that the U.S. military can maintain interoperable communications with its international partners, for instance with the inclusion of Canadian forces into the network.

What advancements will the extended MUOS network feature?
The extended network will feature improved WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) waveform technology, enhancing communications capabilities for U.S. military personnel.

UHF SATCOM: Ultra-High Frequency Satellite Communications, a legacy military communications system.
Cyber-secure: The attribute of a system designed with measures to protect against cyber threats.
WCDMA: Wideband Code Division Multiple Access, a type of 3G mobile communication technology used to increase data transmission rates and efficiency.

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