Mobile User Objective System Passes Production Readiness Reviews
The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) completed a series of production readiness reviews, prime contractor and systems engineering lead Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT] announced.
MUOS, a narrowband tactical satellite communications system, finished the reviews ahead of schedule, Lockheed stated.
Lockheed is under contract to design, build and deploy the first two MUOS satellites and the associated MUOS ground system.
The Navy Program Executive Office for Space Systems, Chantilly, Va., and its Communications Satellite Program Office, San Diego, Calif., are responsible for the MUOS program.
The contract also provides for options on three additional spacecraft. With all options exercised, the contract for up to five satellites has a total potential value of $3.26 billion.
The Lockheed MUOS team includes General Dynamics Corp. [GD] C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz., and The Boeing Co. [BA] unit Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif.. The team received the green light to complete production of the first two MUOS satellites and the entire MUOS ground system.
That milestone, completed ahead of the contractually scheduled May 31 date, also fully prepares the Navy for the upcoming Department of Defense production decision for follow- on MUOS spacecraft.