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L-3 Communications announced that its Communication Systems-East (L-3 CS-East) division has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to design and develop the TRANSEC COMSEC Unit (TCU) for the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communication system that will provide significantly improved and assured voice and data communications for the mobile warfighter. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, CA, is the prime contractor and system integrator for MUOS, which will replace the current narrowband tactical satellite communications system known as the Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UFO) system. The US Navy’s Communications Satellite Program Office, based in San Diego, CA, is the government agency responsible for acquiring MUOS and narrowband satellite communications for the Department of Defense (DoD). The value of the initial contract award to L-3 Communications is approximately $11 M for delivery of the first two flight units and a spare flight unit in 2007. L-3 CS-East will provide the crypto units to Lockheed Martin facilities in Newton, PA, where MUOS satellites will be developed.
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