Advanced Wideband System
Definition/Scope: The successor to the Defense Satellite Communications System and the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite program is the Advanced Wideband System. The system’s final configuration has not yet solidified under ongoing milsatcom transformational efforts, but the concept is one of applied technology and engineering that will remove capacity as a constraint on warfare communications. Analyses by the Defense Information Systems Agency and Joint Staff indicate that a global wideband satellite communications capacity in excess of 15 megabits per second will be needed by the middle of the next decade. The Advanced Wideband System will take advantage of the commercial and government technology advances of the first half of this decade to meet expected needs. Laser crosslinks, space-based data processing and routing systems, and highly agile multibeam/phased-array antennas will most likely be included. A constellation of advanced wideband-capable satellites is planned with a first launch at the end of this decade.
Broader Terms:Global Command and Control System
Related Terms:Advanced Extremely High Frequency System