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Hatch Mounted SATCOM Antenna System (HMSAS)

Last Revised: August 11, 2017, 10:45 am
  • Master Sgt. Michael A. Moore, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing G-6, technical control engineer, demonstrates the abilities of the Hatch Mounted SATCOM (Satellite Communication) Antenna System (HMSAS) to the commanding general of 3rd MAW, Maj. Gen. Mark Wise. The HMSAS was developed for pre-deployment training in order to enhance communications for raid force and tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel (TRAP) missions, in preparation to support a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF).
    Master Sgt. Michael A. Moore, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing G-6, technical control engineer, demonstrates the abilities of the Hatch Mounted SATCOM (Satellite Communication) Antenna System (HMSAS) to the commanding general of 3rd MAW, Maj. Gen. Mark Wise. The HMSAS was developed for pre-deployment training in order to enhance communications for raid force and tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel (TRAP) missions, in preparation to support a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF).
Description: 

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.

Operational Impact: 

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.

Program Milestone Status: 

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. 

Program Procurement: 
IOC 5/11/2015 Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is defined as fielding two antenna systems to: SPMAGTF-CR AF within four months (T), two months (O) from receipt of full funding and USON acceptance SPMAGTF-CR AF completing New Equipment Training (NET) to include installation on KC-130J aircraft and sustainment in place. FOC 5/23/2015 Full Operational Capability (FOC) is defined as all systems fielded (5 systems): Two to SPMAGTF-CR AF Two to SPMAGTF-CR CC One to MCSC (Lab asset at SSC-PAC to support system modification and OpFor support) New equipment training completed, sustainment in place, and completion of instructor and key personnel training within 24 months from receipt of funding.
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