Department of Defense Extends Contract to Hughes Network Systems

Last week, The Department of Defense (DoD) awarded an extension contract to Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) to study its commercial communications satellite (COCOMSAT) systems capabilities. Hughes is a leading provider of managed network and application services and a worldwide leader in broadband satellite solutions and services.

This extension will analyze enterprise trade-offs between teleports and modems, terminal constraints, performance, operations and mission planning, and satellite communication payloads. By 2012, the results will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Command Center’s Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Systems Directorate.

“Hughes is proud to extend its analysis of commercial satellite architectures and acquisition approaches for the U.S. military,” said Rick Lober, VP and General Manager of Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division.  “The team has made great strides examining requirements and testing processing architectures, such as those found on Hughes SPACEWAY 3 and Jupiter satellites.  We look forward to helping the DoD determine how to best meet the needs of our warfighters, especially in light of our austere budget environment.”

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