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General Dynamics releases updated MUOS waveform for DMR

21st September 2018 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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General Dynamics Mission Systems has successfully completed testing and released the updated Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) WFv3.1.5 waveform for the US Navy's software defined Digital Modular Radios (DMR), the company announced on 17 September.

The new waveform software adds the MUOS capability to software-defined DMR radios and improves secure voice, video and data communications across the MUOS SATCOM network. The network was recently approved by the US Strategic Command for expanded operational use.

The four-channel DMR is the navy's communications hub for surface ships, submarines and shore-site communications. As a multi-channel radio, it simultaneously communicates with a wide spectrum of tactical radios and can communicate information at different security levels.

Carol Real, a director of General Dynamics Mission Systems, said: ‘There are more than 700 DMRs in the navy's radio inventory, it is one of the largest number of fielded, tactical radios capable of connecting to the MUOS network. DMR is one of the first US military radios to use the MUOS waveform and other over-the-horizon waveforms, including ultra-high frequency SATCOM waveform simultaneously, without interfering with radio communications on other DMR channels.’

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