The U.S. Navy
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., today
awarded a Lockheed Martin-led team one of two $40 million contracts to
begin the Component Advanced Development phase of the next-generation
narrowband tactical satellite communications system, known as the
Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).

Over the 14-month contract, the team, composed of Lockheed Martin
Space Systems, Missiles & Space Operations, Sunnyvale, Calif., and
General Dynamics Decision Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz., a business unit
of General Dynamics , will conduct architecture and risk
reduction activities.

“We are excited to have an opportunity to bring the
next-generation of mobile satellite communications to the warfighter,”
said the Lockheed Martin MUOS Program Manager Paul Scearce. “MUOS will
greatly expand the capacity for UHF communications and meet the need
for `comms on the move’ as the military increasingly relies on light
and mobile forces in theatre.”

MUOS will be an element of the DoD’s Advanced Narrowband
Communications system and will replace the current Ultra High
Frequency Follow-On (UFO) system over the next two decades. The Navy’s
UFO system currently provides narrowband tactical satellite
communications to Joint Forces and Coalition partners and was
initially launched in 1993.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, headquartered in Denver,
Colo., is one of the major operating units of Lockheed Martin
Corporation. Space Systems designs, develops, tests, manufactures and
operates a variety of advanced technology systems for military, civil
and commercial customers. Chief products include space launch and
ground systems, remote sensing and communications satellites for
commercial and government customers, advanced space observatories and
interplanetary spacecraft, fleet ballistic missiles and missile
defense systems.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global
enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development,
manufacture, and integration of advanced-technology systems, products,
and services. The Corporation’s core businesses are systems
integration, space, aeronautics, and technology services. Lockheed
Martin had 2001 sales surpassing $24 billion.

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