Lockheed Martin AMF JTRS demonstrates new communications and tactical data sharing at U.S. Army exercise

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 19, 2011. A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team recently demonstrated how software-defined radios can extend the Army’s tactical network by connecting disparate ground troops with the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS). During a recent Army exercise, AMF JTRS demonstrated the system’s range and capability by relaying a combination of voice, data and imagery from a test bed AH-64 Block III Apache helicopter to ground forces over the Internet-Protocol enabled Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW).

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SAN DIEGO, Nov. 19, 2011. A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team recently demonstrated how software-defined radios can extend the Army’s tactical network by connecting disparate ground troops with the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS). During a recent Army exercise, AMF JTRS demonstrated the system’s range and capability by relaying a combination of voice, data and imagery from a test bed AH-64 Block III Apache helicopter to ground forces over the Internet-Protocol enabled Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW).

AMF JTRS is a software defined radio that is capable of providing internet like connectivity, providing a secure infrastructure for joint forces to send data, imagery, voice, and video.

Pennwell web 200 133During the exercise, a pre-engineering development model AMF JTRS Small Airborne radio in the Apache allowed pilots to communicate directly with six disparate ground elements using JTRS Handheld Manpack Small Form Fit (HMS) Rifleman Radios. The Apache first provided an aerial network extension for ground based communications between troops who were separated by mountainous terrain and long distances. Using AMF JTRS, the Apache provided an automatic relay without having to deviate from its assigned mission of providing close air support for ground forces, and during the same mission enabled forces using HMS Rifleman Radios to communicate by voice and data with the Apache over greater distances. The Apache was able to break all connections in the network and then rejoin all units in the JTRS network.

The Apache and the ground forces were communicating using joint tactical radios enabled with SRW. By using mission applications on the AMF JTRS radio, ground nodes in the tactical operations center were able to mark-up imagery and re-distribute to users connected by the JTRS network. Throughout the simulated mission, Apache pilots, using AMF JTRS, were able to exchange command and control and situational awareness messages with six groups of disparate ground forces (each equipped with JTRS-enabled radios).

Lockheed Martin’s AMF JTRS team includes General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and BAE Systems.

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