C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

MUOS clears final round of navy tests before reaching full operational capability

30 October 2019

The US Navy's next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications (satcom) system has cleared a final round of service tests, paving the way for it to reach full operational capability (FOC), US military and industry officials have announced.

The Mobile User Objective System (MOUS), a Lockheed Martin-built ultra-high-frequency (UHF) satcom programme, consisting of five geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO) satellites connected to four ground stations via fibre-optic network, completed a series of navy-led drills as part of the system's Multi-Service Operational Test and Evaluation (MOT&E). During the tests, service officials deemed the MUOS "as operationally effective, operational suitable and cyber survivable", said a 16 October statement by Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR).

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