U.S. Navy’s MUOS Satellite Constellation Deemed Fully Operational

u.s. army soldiers work with a satellite ground station

Army soldiers assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, participate in a test of the Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). U.S. Navy Photo/Released

The U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) was deemed fully operational following a successful multiservice test event conducted last month, reports InsideDefense.com.  A Navy spokesman confirmed that Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler had signed off on the milestone on October 28.

The October test event, known as the Multiservice Operational Test and Evaluation (MOT&E), involved the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army.  The test showed the system was operationally effective and that it provided the required survivability against cyberattacks needed in order for it to become fully operational.

MUOS is a next-generation narrowband satellite communications system that will replace UHF Follow-On satellites.  The new system was designed to be compatible with legacy terminals.  Five MUOS satellites were delivered to orbit between 2012 and 2016.

Last week, the Navy awarded a $732 million contract to General Dynamics for MUOS ground system sustainment.

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