Lockheed Martin serves as the prime contractor for the entire MUOS system while General Dynamics C4 Systems led the development and delivery of the ground systems and MUOS communications waveform.
General Dynamics C4 Systems president Chris Marzilli said: "The success in delivering these ground stations, combined with the successful MUOS waveform running on the AN/PRC-155 Manpack two-channel radio, are testaments to General Dynamics’ expertise in delivering networks that securely and reliably connect military and government personnel with their commanders and others from virtually any location on the planet."
US Navy personnel will commence operations of the ground stations, the critical part of the MUOS system connecting government personnel on the ground, in the air or at sea to MUOS satellites.
Located in Hawaii, Virginia and Australia, the MUOS ground stations help in the overall management and operation of the orbiting MUOS satellites.
MUOS radio calls use the General Dynamics-developed MUOS waveform, which is based on widely used commercial Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) cellular phone technology.
The stations receive radio calls from service members around the globe, relayed through MUOS satellites, and connect them in seconds to ground-based Department of Defense communication networks.
In addition to providing communications and control interfaces among the MUOS satellites and Defense Department networks, the ground system assist in the overall management and operation of the orbiting MUOS satellites.
Image: the navy’s MUOS 2 satellite being launched at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, US. Photo: courtesy of NASA by Patrick H. Corkery.