Posted Courtney E. HowardSAN DIEGO, 15 July 2011. Lockheed Martin has delivered a secure Airborne, Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS)—including the Engineering Development Model (EDM) of the Joint Tactical Radio-Small Airborne two-channel radio running the Link-16 waveform and 200-watt Link-16 power amplifier—to Boeing's Apache facility in Mesa, Ariz., for the U.S. Army's AH-64D ApacheAvionics Integration Lab. Delivery of the AMF JTRS, which is designed to help soldiers share secure (NSA Type 1), real-time voice, data, and video communications, enables the team to begin integrating the JTRS command and control functions, software, and development model into the AH-64D Block III upgrade platform."This delivery represents a significant step in building the DoD (Department of Defense) communication network and dramatically enhances the situational awareness that tactical warfighters will have in the cockpit," says ColonelRaymond Jones, Assistant Joint Program Executive Officer (AJPEO) JTRS.AMF JTRS will link more than 100 platforms when fully fielded, providing connectivity to areas in which communications infrastructure did not previously exist. Airmen and sailors will be able to synchronize with the soldiers in the foxhole, providing near instantaneous awareness of the combat environment, according to a spokesperson."This milestone is testament to the maturity of the AMF JTRS networking system," explains Mark Norris, vice president for joint tactical network solutions with Lockheed Martin's IS&GS-Defense. "AMF JTRS will provide net-enabled communications that are secure, move more information faster, are easy to use and maintain, and interoperate with new Joint Tactical Radio systems, as well as older legacy radios."Lockheed Martin's AMF JTRS team includes BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.