Armed Forces News

The Marine Corps has begun fielding the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), which will provide troops on the ground with very secure satellite communications capabilities. The MUOS system offers seamless worldwide connections into the Global Information Grid and the Defense Switching Network. Users would be able to communicate with “crystal clear” voice and video, and collect data at very high speeds, according to Lockheed Martin, the system’s manufacturer. The MUOS system consists of four initial satellites and four relay ground stations. A fifth satellite serves as a spare, ensuring no disconnection of operation. When fully operational, it provides 16 times the capacity of the legacy systems it replaces.