Monday, March 14, 2005

Ericsson WCDMA Selected for US Navy Satellite Project

Ericsson has signed an agreement with General Dynamics to supply WCDMA wireless equipment and telecom services in support of the U.S. Navy contract awarded to Lockheed Martin to build the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). The multi-year agreement could be worth as much as US$200 million to Ericsson.

MUOS is the U.S. Department of Defense's next-generation narrowband satellite communications system that will provide simultaneous voice, video and data communication for U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps troops.

Ericsson will supply wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) wireless equipment through a subcontract with General Dynamics C4 Systems, which is responsible for the ground segment communications on the MUOS program. In addition, Ericsson will provide telecommunications services to support network deployment and integration, program management and software development activities.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the MUOS program and is currently under contract to build the first two satellites and associated ground control elements for the U.S. Navy.


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