Lockheed Martin performed its first successful demonstration of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) for the U.S. Navy, transmitting Internet-protocol (IP) enabled data and video communications.
Using a Joint Tactical Pre-Engineering Development Model (pre-EDM) radio, the team extended the Navy’s existing network via wireless communications, Lockheed says.
The demonstration was to verify the technical maturity of the Airborne & Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS) network. AMF JTRS is designed to allow airmen, sailors, Marines and soldiers to “seamlessly share” secure (NSA Type 1) voice, data, and video communications, in real-time, according to Lockheed Martin.
“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,” Norris said.
Enabled with a preliminary version of the IP-capable “wideband networking waveform” (WNW) 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.