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Lockheed Leads Bidding On Multi-Billion-Dollar Navy Contract

By | September 2, 2004

      A team led by Lockheed Martin [LMT] wants to win a multi-billion contract from the U.S. Navy to provide network-centric capabilities for the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system that could improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move.

      The Lockheed Martin proposal is aimed at providing the warfighter with the latest mobile technology, such as simultaneous voice, video and data; and improved service to legacy users of the Navy’s Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UFO) system. The first MUOS satellite launch is planned for 2010.

      The Lockheed Martin team includes General Dynamics [GD] and Boeing Satellite Systems. The trio recently submitted an amended proposal for the multi-billion-dollar Risk Reduction, Design Development, Acquisition and Operations Support contract to be awarded by the San Diego-based U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) next month. Lockheed Martin’s A2100 model satellite will serve as the MUOS spacecraft platform, while General Dynamics will lead the user-entry and ground segments of the MUOS program that supply a secure ground network and satellite-management services. Boeing would provide UHF payload capability.

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