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Joint Tactical Radio System

What is it?
The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) is a software-programmable, hardware-configurable digital radio networking system that, when fielded, will provide us with increased 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 One requirements that will be delivered to the Soldier beginning in 2010, with emphasis on providing mobile, networked connectivity across the battle space. JTRS Increment One radios will provide the Soldier with a multi-channel, software-programmable, hardware-configurable digital radio networking system. Specifically, it will support Future Combat Systems (FCS) Spin-Out One with networking waveforms, small, form-fit radios and vehicular radios. Increment One radios will also provide Army aviation platforms and the dismounted Soldier with networking capability.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is again teaming with the other services to develop a Capability Development Document, which will define JTRS Increment Two capabilities. JTRS Increment Two radios will support all remaining FCS spin-outs with the introduction of additional small, form-fit radios. Increment Two radios will also ensure the Army achieves interoperability with first responders through the addition of the APCO 25 waveform and with the United Kingdom through the BOWMAN waveform.

Why is this important to the Army?
JTRS is a critical communications system. It will enhance the commander’s ability to command and control troops in complex environments, in peacetime and war. 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 commanders in all operational environments.