The U.S. Navy has concluded the final critical testing phase of the Mobile User Objective System, aÂ narrowband satellite communications technology.
Results of the multiservice operational test and evaluation say the system isÂ operationally effective, cybersecure, suitable for operations and ready for transition, the service branch said Wednesday.
The Navy’sÂ Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force conducted the test over multiple months to assess MUOS’Â performance in a simulatedÂ operational environment.
The testing involved contributors from the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army.
âSailors and Marines can already use MUOS in situations like humanitarian response, disaster assistance and training,â said John Pope, leader of the Navyâs Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence and Space Systems.
MUOS consists ofÂ five satellites that each holdÂ two payloads: aÂ legacy payload and one with the newerÂ Wideband Code Division Multiple Access technology.
The legacy payload would allow MUOS to maintain narrowband communications as the Navy transitions the satcom system toÂ WCDMA, an integrated waveform tailored forÂ commercial cellular connectivity.
WCDMA would boostÂ beyond line of sight communications by 10 times inÂ capacity, compared to legacy technology.
âThis is the last critical milestone before turning MUOS over for full operations and I am very proud of the entire team that contributed to this outstanding achievement,â said Capt. Chris DeSena, program manager of the Navy Communications Satellite Program Office.