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SMC Completes Virtual Tests on New Satellite Anti-Jamming Capability

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SMC Completes Virtual Tests on New Satellite Anti-Jamming Capability

The Space and Missile Systems Center has conducted virtual tests on a new anti-jamming capability that is expected to support the Wideband Global SATCOM system, which American warfighters rely on for satellite communications.

During the tests, SMC verified the design of the mitigation and anti-jam enhancement system and its ability to provide telemetry and locate signals interfering with WGS satellites.

According to Maj. Shawna Matthys, program manager of WGS-11+, once operational, the MAJE system will double anti-jam capabilities for more than 16,000 users, C4ISRNET reported.

The system supports the WGS constellation by providing software and hardware upgrades to the Army’s Global SATCOM Configuration Control Element, which pinpoints and mitigates interference with WGS satellites.

SMC conducted three virtual tests on the MAJE system in the final months of 2020 in partnership with prime contractor Boeing.

The MAJE system had undergone maintenance engineering evaluation and payload application software formal qualification testing. SMC also carried out the first article test increment 4, during which it verified the system’s ability to geolocate signals interfering with WGS.

The fourth increment will be followed by a final increment for multi-capability and end-to-end testing. Once completed, the system can begin interface verification with Army subsystems.

In a statement, WGS Chief Engineer Steve Hayden lauded the teamwork and transparency displayed by Boeing and government teams during the virtual tests. He said the cooperation between the teams shows their dedication to equipping warfighters with new capabilities despite an ongoing pandemic.

SMC is looking to have the MAJE system operational in Spring 2020.

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Tags: anti-jamming capability Boeing C4ISRNET Configuration Control Element MAJE system SATCOM satellite communication Shawna Matthys space Space and Missile Systems Center Steve Hayden WGS satellite