US Army contracts GD for MUOS waveform upgrade

11 March 2015 (Last Updated March 11th, 2015 18:30)

General Dynamics (GD) has been awarded a contract to update the mobile-user objective system (MUOS) waveform for the US Army's AN/PRC-155 MUOS-manpack radios.

General Dynamics (GD) has been awarded a contract to update the mobile-user objective system (MUOS) waveform for the US Army's AN/PRC-155 MUOS-manpack radios.

The $13m contract includes waveform integration into the PRC-155 radios and radio / waveform testing, as well as field support and soldier training, which will augment voice clarity and cyber security of voice and data communications across the MUOS communications network.

Other waveform enhancements include improved connectivity with other MUOS-manpack radios and the MUOS ground system and satellites.

"The next-generation system will provide soldiers with capabilities for direct communication with each other and their commanders."

The waveform represents the digital 'dial-tone' required to connect with the US Navy's new MUOS satellite communications network, which is designed to provide US Department of Defense users with enhanced cellular telephone-like capabilities through tactical radios.

Operating as a global cellular service provider, the next-generation system will provide soldiers with capabilities for direct communication with each other and their commanders, virtually anywhere in the world.

General Dynamics Mission Systems president Chris Marzilli said: "From developing the MUOS waveform and the PRC-155 MUOS-manpack radio, to building the four MUOS ground stations located around the world, General Dynamics Mission Systems provides what soldiers need to connect with the game-changing MUOS tactical communications system."

Expected to achieve global communications coverage in 2016, the MUOS system will deliver high-speed voice and data communications and ten times greater capacity than the military's existing ultra-high-frequency satellite communications.

MUOS-capable PRC-155 radios are expected to enable troops to access the MUOS communications system anywhere in the deployed location, on foot or from land vehicles, ships, submarines and aircraft, with a smartphone-like flow of information.