Tactical Satellite Communications System
On September 24, 2004 theselected a team led by , with team members C4 Systems, and Satellite Systems, to develop and build the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), a next-generation narrowband tactical system that will provide significantly improved and assured for the mobile warfighter.
MUOS will replace the current narrowband tacticalcommunications system known as the Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UFO) system. MUOS satellites will be fully compatible with the existing UFO system and associated legacy terminals while dramatically increasing military communications availability and providing simultaneous voice, data and video in real time to mobile warfighters around the globe. MUOS will also maximize the full feature capability of the future Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) terminals. The initial phase is expected to cost US$ 2.1 billion, and include two satellites and associated ground control elements. The initial satellite will be deployed in space by 2010.
Under the MOUS program, theSpace and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has provisions for three additional spacecraft at a cost of around US $1.1 billion. SPAWAR is operating on behalf of the Program Executive Office — Space Systems.