Joint Tactical Radio System

What is it? When fielded, the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) will provide the Warfighter with a software programmable and hardware configurable digital radio networking system to increase interoperability, flexibility and adaptability in support of varied mission requirements.

What has the Army done? The Army teamed with the Air Force, Marines, and Navy to amend the existing JTRS Operational Requirements Document (ORD).  This ORD defines Increment 1 requirements that will be delivered to the warfighter beginning in 2010, with emphasis on providing mobile networked-connectivity across the battlespace. JTRS Increment 1 radios will provide the warfighter with a multi-channel, software programmable, hardware-configurable digital radio networking system. Specifically, it will support Future Combat Systems Spin Out 1 with networking waveforms, small form fit radios and vehicular radios.  Increment 1 radios will also provide Army Aviation platforms and the dismounted solider with networking capability.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army is again teaming with the other Services to develop a Capability Development Document (CDD) which defines JTRS Increment 2 capabilities.  JTRS Increment 2 radios will support all remaining FCS Spin Outs with the introduction of additional small form fit radios.  Increment 2 radios will also ensure the Army achieves interoperability with first responders with the addition of the APCO 25 waveform and with the United Kingdom (UK) with the BOWMAN waveform.

Why is this important to the Army?JTRS is a critical communications system which will enhance the commander’s ability to command and control troops on the battlefield.   The Army's current radio systems lack joint interoperability and have insufficient bandwidth to meet present and future communications challenges. JTRS is the key to implementing a mobile, flexible, on the move, networking infrastructure for passing voice, data, and video to commanders operating in dispersed and dynamic environments.  The delivery of JTRS is greatly anticipated because of the enhanced networking capability and interoperability it will provide the battlefield commander.


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