The U.S. navy has accepted three Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) ground stations, according to a General Dynamics announcement.
The stations, in Hawaii, Virginia and Australia, will be operated by Navy personnel. Each ground station has three freestanding 18.4-meter Ka-band antennas atop 53-foot-high pedestals. A centralized control center provides functions such as Internet Protocol connectivity, switching facilities and network management. The stations were built by General Dynamics, under Lockheed Martin as the prime contractor for the overall MUOS system.
The MUOS waveform is based on the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access technology used for commercial cell phones. “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,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “All they will need is to dial a 10-digit phone number just like they have with their personal cell phones.”