Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy/Army demonstration connects MUOS satellite with Manpack radios


January 15, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy/Army demonstration connects MUOS satellite with Manpack radios

FAIRFAX, Va. The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite network connected with General Dynamics Mission Systems’ AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radios providing voice and data communications in a U.S. Navy and Army demonstration to help determine if the MUOS waveform is ready for operation use across services.

The demonstration conducted simultaneously running with the MUOS waveform and AN/PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radio terrestrial waveforms - the Soldier Radio Waveform and the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System waveform.

"These radios connect the new MUOS network, bridging lower-tier tactical networks like the soldier radio waveform and SINCGARS radios to the big Army network, reaching back to Army personnel located in the most austere locations," says Mike DiBiase, a vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Mission Systems.

The PRC-155 MUOS-Manpack radio is equipped with an amplifier that provides the radio-signal strength needed to reach the MUOS satellites. On one channel, the PRC-155 MUOS Manpack receives a call from a tactical radio and routes and retransmits the call using the second channel, sending the call to a satellite communications network.

The MUOS satellite - a communications network built by Lockheed Martin - provides secure, smartphone-like voice and data communications for Department of Defense personnel. The AN/PRC-155 Manpack radio connects army personnel to the Warfighter Information Network - Tactical (WIN-T) and other local and wide area military communication networks.

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