General Dynamics to port next-gen waveforms onto Navy digital radios

General Dynamics C4 Systems has received a $40 million contract modification from the Navy to port the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) Waveform and the Integrated Waveform into the AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radio (DMR), the company said Feb. 18.
 
The MUOS waveform allows the four-channel DMR to communicate using the next-generation, narrowband MUOS satellite communications network, the company said. MUOS furnishes high-speed voice and data connectivity across a worldwide network that extends into the most remote locations.

General Dynamics developed the MUOS waveform as part of the MUOS program and has integrated it into the Handheld Manpack Small Form Fit (HMS) AN/PRC-155 Manpack radio, The company also is building the four MUOS ground sites that support worldwide communication from the ground to the MUOS satellites and from one end-user to another.
 
The Integrated Waveform is designed to boost the communications capacity and efficiency of legacy satellite communications networks, the company said.
 
In addition to the new MUOS and Integrated Waveform capability, the four-channel DMR enables maritime and shore-based communications using high frequency, very high frequency and ultra high frequency line-of-sight communications and UHF satellite communications, the company said.
 
The option modifies a Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command contract awarded in September 2010, the company said.

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