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Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) EHF Terminals (U)

Overview (U):

(U) Air Force ICBM Launch Control Center (ICBM LCC) provides EHF communications capability as part of the minimum essential emergency communications network. The LCC terminals will provide ICBMs with another survivable link with the National Command Authority (NCA) to meet JCS availability and message receipt requirements. These links include the Survivable Low Frequency Communications System and the ICBM SHF Terminal.

Details (U):

Description User Impact Programmatics Images
Related Initiatives Related Requirements Related Categories Road Map Placements
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Description (U):

(U) Survivable communications are an integral part of U.S. deterrence strategy to convince potential adversaries that launch orders could actually be transmitted to, and received by, the ICBM Launch Control Centers (LCC) when required. The ICBM Super High Frequency Satellite Terminal (ISST) was fielded as an interim system in 1990. ISST uses the Single Channel Transponder package (SCTs) on the Defense Satellite Communication System (DSCS). This system becomes unsupportable beyond 2003. The DSCS SCT system is not planned to be capable of support to strategic communications beyond 2003. Strategic systems will transition to the EHF spectrum to assure continued survivable command and control of nuclear forces.

(U) ICBM Launch Control Center (LCC) Terminals provides EHF communications capability for ICBM Launch Control Centers using the Milstar satellites. The below grade portion of the ICBM EHF system located in the Launch Control Center (LCC) and/or the Launch Control Equipment Building (LCEB) must survive and operate without damage/degradation or loss of EAM reception. The above grade portions of the ICBM EHF system must operate throughout the nuclear weapon induced environments anticipated for the ICBM weapon system resulting from "Near Neighbor" nuclear detonations.

User Impact (U):

(U) To be supplied.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Programmed.

Images (U):

(U) None.

Related Initiatives (U):
NameTitle
Advanced EHFAdvanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF)
EMATS-REmergency Message Automated Transmission System - Replacement (EMATS-R)
Fleet EHF Package (FEP)Fleet EHF Package (FEP)
Milstar IMilstar I
Milstar IIMilstar II
MM Guidance Replacement ProgMinuteman Guidance Replacement Program (GRP)
MM III Sustainment/DeactivationMinuteman (MM) III Sustainment/Deactivation
MM Propulsion Replacement ProgMinuteman Propulsion Replacement Program (PRP)
Modified Miniature Rec TerminalModified Miniature Receive Terminal (MMRT)
PK Sustainment/DeactivationPeacekeeper (PK) Sustainment/Deactivation
Single Channel Transponder SysSingle Channel Transponder System (SCTS)
This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
NameTitle
EHF Ground Segment TerminalsExtremely High Frequency (EHF) Ground Segment Terminals
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

NameTitle
MILSATCOMSPACE FORCE ENHANCEMENT: MILSATCOM
This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

Name
RDT&E Budget Item Project 1024
This Table Is Unclassified.

Lead Office (U):

(U) Air Force.

(U) DoD: OASD(C3I), Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Service Staff: SAF/AQSD, Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Major Command: Air Force Space Command (AFSPC/DRM), Peterson AFB, CO
(U) Program Management: ESC/TG-2, Hanscom AFB, MA

Point of Contact (U):

(U) ICBM SPO: OO-ALC/LMB, Open Phone: DSN 777-1776.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 01 February 1997





(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999