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AN/MSC-46
Satellite Communications Terminal

The AN/MSC-46 is the first satellite terminal specifically designed for a military SATCOM system. It is completely air transportable in three C-130 cargo aircraft. The total terminal weight is 56.7 MT (62.5 t) and requires site preparation prior to installation and use. The terminal operates via the DSCS satellite with a compatible ground terminal to provide multilink, multivoice, and data channel service.

Technical Characteristics

    Type of Service............... 500000KF9W (multilink, multivoice, and data) on low power amplifier 125000KF9W on high power amplifier
    Frequency Range:
    Transmit............... 7.9 to 8.4 GHz
    Receive............... 7.25 to 7.75 GHz
    Planning Range............... 16,093 km (10,000 mi)
    Power Input............... 120/208 V AC, 50/60 Hz, three phase
    Power Source............... Uses three generator sets (100 kW) to supply the required 175 kW (50% backup) or two generator sets (500 kW)
    Power Output............... 5 kW
    Antenna............... System Parabolic, 12.19 m (40 ft) in diameter, in either an inflatable or rigid radome

Sources and Resources

  • FM 24-24 SIGNAL DATA REFERENCES: SIGNAL EQUIPMENT Section V. Multichannel Satellite Communications Terminals




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