Lockheed Martin finishes JTRS software radio design review

CHERRY HILL, N.J., 9 June 2005. RF experts at the Lockheed Martin Embedded Processing Laboratory in Cherry Hill, N.J., say they completed a major system design review on the Airborne, Maritime, and Fixed Station (AMF) component of the military's Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) program.

CHERRY HILL, N.J., 9 June 2005. RF experts at the Lockheed Martin Embedded Processing Laboratory in Cherry Hill, N.J., say they completed a major system design review on the Airborne, Maritime, and Fixed Station (AMF) component of the military's Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) program.

Company officials say they demonstrated key technologies that comprise the core of their proposed AMF JTRS solution, and laid out their planned architecture and design approach for the system.

AMF JTRS is a transformational communications program to modernize the communications systems on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, ground installations, and a wide range of warships and submarines.

AMF JTRS will replace aging, stovepipe radios with new hardware and software that will enable warfighters communicate in network-centric operations as a networked node.

The JTRS family of radios will be interoperable with current and future communications systems, giving warfighters a flexible, reliable and seamlessly integrated global radio network, Lockheed Martin officials say.

Lockheed Martin leads a team of communications, systems, and platform integrators that is competing for the AMF JTRS program. The team, which includes BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and other subcontractors, won a $51 million pre-system design and development contract last September.

The contract calls for the team to map out a proposed architecture and design for the AMF JTRS system and to define the key technologies for the program. The Air Force and Navy together manage AMF JTRS program. Lockheed Martin is one of two teams competing for the full system design and development contract award, which is anticipated by the end of this year.

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