U.S. Navy Accepts Third Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS Communications Satellite

MUOS-3 Extends Coverage for Secure, Smart Phone-Like Military Network

  • Launched January 20, 2015, the U.S. Navy’s MUOS-3 satellite expands a new, secure military communications network for mobile troops.
  • The MUOS network offers new smart phone-like capabilities, including simultaneous and prioritized voice, video and data.
  • This third satellite extends MUOS network’s coverage over more than three-quarters of the globe.
MUOS-4 Antenna Install

Caption: MUOS-4, the next satellite scheduled to join the MUOS network later this year, is in final assembly and test at Lockheed Martin’s satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California. 

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 3, 2015 -- Following successful completion of on-orbit testing, the U.S. Navy accepted the third Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite.

Launched January 20, MUOS-3 is the latest addition to a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces. Users with operational MUOS terminals can seamlessly connect around the globe, beyond line-of-sight, with new smart phone-like capabilities, including simultaneous and crystal-clear voice, video and mission data, on a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

“MUOS is a game-changer in communications for every branch of our military, which all have mobile users who will benefit from these new capabilities,” said Iris Bombelyn, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for narrowband communications. “This latest satellite will expand the MUOS network’s coverage over more than three-quarters of the globe, including significantly more coverage north and south than the current legacy voice-only system.”

With on-orbit testing complete, MUOS-3 is being relocated to its on-orbit operational slot in preparation for operational acceptance.   

The MUOS network is expected to provide near global coverage before year end. MUOS-1 and MUOS-2, launched respectively in 2012 and 2013, are already operational and providing high-quality voice communications. Lockheed Martin handed over the last of four required ground stations to the Navy in February. MUOS-4 is expected to launch later this year.

For additional information, photos and video visit: www.lockheedmartin.com/muos

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Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.