Airborne, Maritime/Fixed Station JTRS team completes critical design review.

SAN DIEGO, 14 Dec. 2009. -- The Airborne, Maritime/ Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS) team led by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] completed its critical design review.

SAN DIEGO, 14 Dec. 2009. -- The Airborne, Maritime/ Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS) team led by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] completed its critical design review.

AMF JTRS takes current radio capabilitiesbto the next generation through advanced Internet Protocol (IP) technologies, similar, but much more mobile and secure than commercial communications devices on the market today. The CDR represented the capstone of more than six months of reviews focused on assessing the AMF JTRS subsystem and system design maturity. Additionally, the review concluded that the AMF JTRS design is on schedule to meet government specifications, according to the Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) in San Diego, Lockheed Martin officials say.

"The Lockheed Martin team demonstrated that the AMF JTRS program requirements are well defined and that the system and subsystem designs will satisfy the joint user requirements," says U.S. Army Col. Ray Jones, program manager, AMF JTRS. "I congratulate the entire government and industry team."

"This is a significant milestone for the program as well as the goal of bringing, tactical wireless communications into the 21st century," said John Mengucci, president of Lockheed Martin&s Information Systems & Global Services-Defense. "By connecting the warfighter to the Global Information Grid, AMF JTRS provides non line-of-sight capabilities, wideband networking, clear communications, easy upgrades, seamless handoffs and the most critical benefit -- interoperability with all users across the network."

Once completely fielded, AMF JTRS will link more than 100 platforms, providing connectivity to areas where no communications infrastructure previously existed. Army, Air Force, and Navy assets will be able to seamlessly synchronize with the soldier in the foxhole, providing near instantaneous awareness of the combat environment.

Since the capability is defined digitally in software and signal processing is handled by a programmable computer, AMF JTRS can interface with legacy radios, waveforms, and systems. Interoperable communications are enabled without the need for multiple radios or hardware upgrades as new capabilities are fielded.

The Lockheed Martin team includes BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

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