The Hatch Mounted SATCOM Antenna System (HMSAS) is an integrated suite of Command and Control (C2) capabilities employed on deisnged KC-130J aircraft that enable airborne, over-the-horizon (OTH), beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) network connectivity to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) - Crisis Response (CR) forces for collaborative C2 while en-route to, and during operations in, the objective area.
NOTM-A equipment account for a critical capability gap, most prominent in the conduct of SPMAGTF-CR operations, by allowing Troop Commanders and subordinate personnel to build and maintain situational awareness, continue collaborative planning and share information while in flight.
Abbreviated Acquisition Program (AAP) initiated via USON, Program Initiation Milestone/Date: MS C/19 FEB 15. Last ADM: Operations and Support Acquisition Lifecycle Phase/17 DEC 15. HMSAS commenced fielding in May 15, with FOC achieved May 15. A USON was received 21 APR 16 for the procurement, integration, and fielding of Pre-deployment Training Program assets to I and II MEF.