Lockheed Rolling Out JTRS Test Units to U.S. Military

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Lockheed Martin is offering engineering design models of its Joint Tactical Radio System Airborne/Maritime Fixed (JTRS AMF) stations to U.S. military customers to demonstrate the capability offered by this four-channel radio designed to be carried in aircraft and ships or mounted on fixed platforms.

Lockheed Martin plans to build 40 to 50 JTRS AMF engineering design models during the next nine months, said Peter Baumann, AMF JTRS program management representative for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services of San Diego.

An engineering design model of the new radio was demonstrated in testing onboard a U.S. Army UH-1 helicopter at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in July. Lockheed Martin has provided an additional unit for installation in a U.S. Army Apache helicopter for testing later this month, Baumann said Nov. 2 during MILCOM 2010, a military communications conference in San Jose, Calif. In addition, the U.S. Air Force will receive a radio for testing on a C-130 military transport aircraft by the end of November, he added.

The radios, which offer data, voice and Internet networking capabilities, are designed to offer U.S. armed forces the ability to communicate through a variety of waveforms including Ultra-High Frequency Satellite Communications, Mobile User Objective System, Wideband Network Waveform, Soldier Radio Waveform and Link 16.