Lockheed in first Navy JTRS demo

July 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM
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SAN DIEGO, July 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's first demonstration of the Joint Tactical Radio Network has been conducted by a team led by Lockheed Martin, the company announced.

The demonstration included transmitting Internet Protocol-enabled data and video communications using a Joint Tactical Pre-Engineering Development Model radio, thus extending the Navy's existing network via wireless communications.

The demonstration verified the technical maturity of the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System network.

"We conducted this interoperability demonstration to underscore the critical role that AMF JTRS will play in allowing Joint Forces to communicate," said Mark Norris, vice president for Joint Tactical Network Solutions with Lockheed Martin's IS&GS-Defense.

By extending wired shipboard and shore networks via JTRS wireless capability, U.S. Naval communications will be able to dynamically route voice, data, imagery and video between any type of platform -- ship, aircraft or fixed station -- to meet their mission needs."

During the exercise at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Combined Test Bed Laboratory, the Lockheed Martin team, supported by Northrop Grumman, integrated an AMF Pre-EDM Joint Tactical Radio with the Shipboard Automated Digital Network System, which is the backbone for the U.S. Navy's Joint Maritime Communications System.

Enabled with a preliminary version of the Internet Protocol-capable Wideband Networking Waveform capability, the AMF JTRS radio transmitted maritime command-and-control applications data, messages, live streaming video and real-time situational awareness data from the shipboard network to another shipboard workstation.

Lockheed Martin's AMF JTRS team includes BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

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