JTRS

March 1, 2020
By Jim Mazzei
Sgt. April Vance, USMC, a field radio operator with Headquarters Regiment, 1st Marine Logistics Group, adjusts the communications network during a field training exercise at Camp Pendleton, California. Field radio operators employ a range of frequencies to establish communications, including ultrahigh frequencies, upper-very-high frequencies and high frequencies.  U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Rubin J. Tan, USMC

As the components of the celestial network that ties commanders to troops enter into middle age and in many cases retirement, the U.S. Defense Department must take quick action to protect warfighters’ safety and homeland security. The challenge military leaders and procurement officers face is the urgency of the need. After all, communications satellites aren’t cellphones or drones and can’t be bought at the local tech store. Instead, meeting U.S. military communications capabilities needs by 2025 will require changing the location of a satellite already in orbit.

August 21, 2014
 

Data Link Solutions LLC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $124,326,550 modification under a previously awarded multiple award contract (N00039-10-D-0031) increasing the scope authorized to perform all of the necessary design and development work required to bring Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) capability to the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) terminal and to achieve a successful critical design review. ViaSat Inc., Carlsbad, California, is being awarded a $72,673,450 modification under a previously awarded multiple award contract (N00039-10-D-0032).

July 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

May 2, 2012
By George Seffers

Harris Corporation, RF Communications Division, Rochester, New York, is being awarded a $25,829,777 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee/cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) soldier radio waveform software in-service support for the network enterprise domain under the Joint Program Executive Office, JTRS. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

April 12, 2012
 

The Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) has been approved for full production and fielding. The MIDS JTRS is a software-based terminal that provides interoperable and secure tactical datalinks and programmable networking capabilities. Two vendors produce the system for both the U.S. Navy and Air Force. MIDS is the first member of the JTRS radio family to be approved for full production. The MIDS JTRS will soon attain initial operation capability on the Super Hornet, JSTARS and Rivet Joint platforms.

April 5, 2012
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, Integrated Defense Systems, Phantom Works, Huntington Beach, California, is being awarded a $20 million contract modification for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Enterprise Network Manager software support for the Network Enterprise Domain under the Joint Program Executive Office, JTRS. As a result of this modification, the cumulative value of this contract is being increased to an estimated $75,382,000. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific is the contracting activity.

September 8, 2011
By George Seffers

ViaSat, Carlsbad, California, and Data Link Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are each being awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery orders for the development, qualification, and delivery of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System Block Cycle One cryptographic modernization update. ViaSat was awarded $14,127,671, and Data Link Solutions received $8,042,356. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

May 9, 2011
By George Seffers

Scalable Network Technologies (SNT) Incorporated recently  announced that the company was awarded a contract to support the acquisition and enhancement of Joint Tactical Radio System Network Emulator for use by numerous U.S. Defense Department programs and agencies. The contract from the Joint Program Executive Office for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) is a follow-on to previous Army and Navy efforts with SNT, with an estimated value of $11 million.

February 9, 2011
By George Seffers

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Incorporated, Wayne, New Jersey, is being awarded a potential $24 million contract for Link 16 software in-service support for the Joint Program Executive Office, Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Network Enterprise Domain. Support efforts include technical support, software maintenance/upgrades, and enhancements to baseline JTRS Link-16 software. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

February 4, 2011
By George Seffers

Data Link Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded an $8 million delivery order, and ViaSat, Carlsbad, California, is being awarded a nearly $7 million delivery order for Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

November 5, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

In an overpopulated city, on a small land mass, you can only stretch the living space so far before inhabitants are stacked one on top of the other. Such is the electromagnetic spectrum, a finite space in which the airwaves are literally bulging at the seams. It's now becoming more possible, however, to make those "living spaces" in the spectrum more efficient, thanks to a new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) dynamic spectrum access (DSA) radio technology. The DSA radio technology developed under DARPA's Next Generation (XG) program is the focus of Technology Editor George I.