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MOBILE SUBSCRIBER EQUIPMENT (MSE)

SYNOPSIS: MSE SYSTEM WILL INTEGRATE THE FUNCTIONS OF THE USER TERMINAL EQUIPMENT, SWITCHING, RADIO TRANSMISSION, COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY AND CONTROL INTO ONE COMPOSITE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM. WHEN FIELDED, MSE REPLACED THE EXISTING SWITCHING COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS IN THE CORPS AND DIVISION AREAS.

ACQUISITION CATEGORY: III

ACQUISITION PHASE: MS III Production/Deployment

PE & LINE #: SSN: BB1610 & BB1611

DESCRIPTION: The MSE system will provide the tactical force with increased mobility and a discrete address capability to user. The functions of switching, radio trunking, communications security and system control will be integrated into one composite system, which will replace the existing command and area communications system in both the division and corps areas of operation. The MSE system will provide users with a means of communicating throughout the battlefield, regardless of location, in either a static or mobile situation. The system will significantly reduce the need to install wire and cable when establishing command posts. It will provide telephone-like, full-duplex operation for massed or dispersed command posts. The MSE system will consist of five major hardware functional elements: subscriber terminals; multiple subscriber access; wire subscriber access; area coverage; and system control.

TRANSPORTATION CHARACTERISTICS / LIMITATIONS: None.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:

Oct 79 Joint Operational Requirement approved.
Nov 83 Under Secretary of the Army directed MSE be procured using a non-developmental acquisition approach.
May 83 Acquisition Plan approved.
Sep 83 Battlefield Communications Review determined MSE will be deployed throughout the Corps and Divisions of Army.
Dec 85 Contract award (basic); Contract award (1st option).
Feb 88 FUE completed.
Oct 88 FOTE completed.
Nov 89 TEMP approved.
Aug 90 MSE support of Operation Desert Shield began.
Sep 90 Mobilize Regional Support Center in Saudi Arabia.
Oct 90 1st MSE equipped III Corps deployed to SWA Theater of Operations; Dual LKG contract modification award.
Nov 90 LCCP and ADI contract modifications award; VECP consolidated fielding contract modification award.
Jul 93 Negotiated GTE Global Settlement.
Nov 93 Fieldings Completed.
Mar 95 Completed "Retro Fit 94".

REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENT: MSE Operational Capability document approved by HQDA, 24 May 84.

TYPE CLASSIFICATION: Standard, Nov 85.

EVENT SCHEDULE FISCAL YEAR

96

97

98

99

00

01

QTR

1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4

Routing Improvement Program

1

 

 

 

 

 

NMT

 

1

 

 

 

 

ESOP/Global

 

1

 

 

 

 

Tactical T1/E1

 

1

 

 

 

 

Auto Combat Net Radio Interface

 

2

 

 

 

 

Fly Away MSQ Switch

 

4

 

 

 

 

* Enhancement to MSE.


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