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SHF Tri-Band Advanced Range Extension Terminal AN/TSC-156 (V) 3


Primary Purpose The Marine Corps will use satellite

communications to provide the MAGTF the ability

to move large amounts of information BLOS and

OTH. These links will be intra-MAGTF,

inter-MAGTF, between MAGTF HQ and a JTF HQ and to

provide DISN connectivity via a DoD Teleport.

Essentially replaces the AN/TSC-85 and AN/TSC-93A

(JTF enabler) as the primary SATCOM pipeline

for the MEF/MEF MSCs/MEUs.

Sub-Functions None.

Equipment Requirements LHGXA or QRSA antenna.

2 MEP-3 Tactical Generators 1 to operate, 1


2 M998 HMMWV (1 Heavy HMMMWV to mount the system

and pull the generator, 1 HMMWV to pull the

backup generator).

Laptop Computer for remote operation.

Connectivity Requirements STAR-T requires either a Discus satellite

(military X band) or a commercial C or Ka band

connection through either the PanAm or IntelSat

constellations to provide a connection back to a

DOD Teleport/DISN Step Site.

Crypto Requirements KY-57/58 or KY-99/99A. KG-84 A/C.

Normal Locations USMC. Expected to be fielded at MEF level HQ and

to MEF Major Subordinate Commands (Division,

Wing, FSSG and MARFORRES at the same levels where

applicable. STAR-T will also replace the JTF

enabler as the primary satellite link for the MEU

Headquarters. Note that this system is also

being fielded by the US Army as well.

Information Managed None.

Products Created Provides the primary connection to A DISN

stepsite for SIPRNET, NIPRNET, Classified and

Unclassified voice, and all other programs

normally provided through the DISN Step Sites.

Lead Service/Contractor Army/Raytheon Corporation.

Current Fielding Status STAR-T: Fielding is expected to begin June 2001

with Initial Operational Capability in March 2002

and Final Operational Capability in January


LHGXA: Fielding began in June of 2000 and Final

Operational Capability in January of 2000.

Known Problems Use of the standard eight foot diameter QRSA

antenna requires an extensive increase in

satellite power output in order to gain or

maintain the link. This condition is what is

called by DISA a 'disadvantaged terminal'.

Trailer for LHGXA not designed for system, raises

considerable difficulties for LCAC loading.

DIICOE Compliance Rating Not Applicable.

Point of Contact MARCORSYSCOM: GySgt Holland @ DSN

278-0893/, or Mr. Hines @


Raytheon:NickMiles 508-490-2759/

Updated by Captain Michael G. McCarthy, Jr., USMC, CCSC-01

Captain Gary Delgado, USMC, CCSC-01



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