A design and development team led by Boeing (St Louis, MO) has been awarded a 15-month, $54.6 million contract by the United States Air Force for the next generation of Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) software-defined radios. The team includes Rockwell Collins, Government Systems Div. (Cedar Rapids, IA), Harris Corp., RF Communications Div. (Rochester, NY), L-3 Communications' East, West, and Integrated Systems Divisions (Camden, NJ, Salt Lake City, UT, and Greenville, TX); Northrop Grumman Mission Systems sector (Reston, VA), BBN Technologies (Cambridge, MA), and MILCOM Systems Corp. (Virginia Beach, VA). Once operational, the radios will be integrated into more than 150 airborne, shipboard and fixed station platforms, enabling maritime and airborne forces to communicate seamlessly and with greater efficiency in the joint battle environment. The Airborne, Maritime/Fixed Station (AMF) JTRS program is under joint US Air Force and US Navy oversight, with the Air Force's Electronic Systems Center (Hanscom Air Force Base, MA) having the initial lead.

The AMF JTRS program development will be carried out in two phases. The first will be a 15 month Pre-System Development and Demonstration with a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) held at month 11. The System Development and Demonstration phase will be full and open competition with contract award anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2005.

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