Transport Systems Branch (JTE1)
Serving the Warfighter
Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Satellite Communications (SATCOM)
Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) Certification Testing
The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction, CJCSI 6251.01C, "Narrowband Satellite Communications Time Division Multiple Access Requirements," 15 August 2009, mandates that:
"All existing DAMA terminals accessing non-processed Narrowband systems not identified for the IW upgrade must be fully interoperable and operationally compliant in accordance with the appropriate revisions of the MIL-STD-188-181, MIL-STD-188-182, and MIL-STD-188-183 waveforms… Terminals (to include controllers) will be certified for the required military standard using the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) system standard conformance test certification. All program offices developing terminals/controllers that fail to comply with this policy are required to submit a waiver via their respective combatant command, Service, or Agency (C/S/A) to the Joint Staff/J-6."
The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) has implemented a centralized, UHF SATCOM test capability for standards conformance and interoperability certification testing at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. This test facility provides a "One-Stop-Shop" to accommodate the certification testing needs of Government organizations and industry vendors. MIL-STD-188-181, MIL-STD-188-182, MIL-STD-188-183, and MIL-STD-188-184 testing is performed at the JITC's UHF SATCOM Test Facility. Additional engineering and developmental testing can be conducted at the JITC. The JITC's objective is to minimize interoperability risks by:
- Maintaining a generally accepted interpretation of each MIL STD requirement.
- Providing testing and certifications based on conformance to these requirements.
- Ensuring that all terminals are evaluated equally.
JITC certification will ensure compliance with the MIL-STDs, promote the joint interoperability of various users' equipment, and allow the customer to meet the JCS mandate. Click here for the UHF SATCOM DAMA Certification Register and get more information on terminals that have been certified.Estimates for conformance certification test duration / costs are listed below:
MIL-STD-188-181 / 3 weeks testing / $30K*
MIL-STD-188-182 / 3 weeks testing / $30K*
MIL-STD-188-183 / 8 weeks testing / $60K*
MIL-STD-188-184 / 5 weeks testing / $40K*
* Pricing is provided for planning purposes. Exact pricing will vary per test by equipment type, configuration, and intended use.
Typically, the certifications are provided 30 days after test.
For additional information of the JITC's UHF SATCOM Terminal, Standards Conformance and Interoperability Certification Process, please contact Lisa Fardsalehi, UHF SATCOM Test Facility Action Officer, Battlespace Communications Portfolio (JTE1) at DSN 879-5531, Commercial (520) 538-5531, or e-mail.
UHF SATCOM DAMA Certification Register