By Dean ~ December 20th, 2011. Filed under: SDR & SCA.
As we’ve noted previously, the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program is growing up and changing. Military Embedded Systems recently published a very good overview of the effort’s history and current status (also in e-zine format).
It’s hard to believe that almost 15 years have passed since the foundation for JTRS was laid. You might want to pause for a moment and think about how dramatically electronics, communications and networking have changed since this forward looking program was initiated in 1997.
I also appreciate that the article covers SDR solutions like the excellent Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G radios and the Thales AN/PRC-148 JEM (nice PDF for the AN/PRC-148) radio that were developed outside the JTRS funding umbrella.
If you’re at all interested in the history, and current status, of JTRS, you should definitely take the time to read this excellent article.
In closely related news, the Rifleman Radio, one of General Dynamics C4 Systems‘ (GDC4S) significant contributions to the JTRS program successfully completed a key operational test at the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 12.1.
“The Joint Tactical Radio System, or JTRS, Rifleman Radio and its Soldier Radio Waveform, known as SRW, Network Manager component were the only systems under a formal program of record test at the recently concluded Network Integration Evaluation 12.1 here. While Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, also informally evaluated more than 45 other tactical communications systems, the Rifleman Radio test represents a key step toward fielding the Army’s future network.
The two-pound radio, which is carried by platoon, squad and team-level soldiers for voice communications, can connect with handheld devices to transmit text messages, GPS locations and other data. Through SRW, it connects lower echelon soldiers to one another and back to their leaders at the company level so they can rapidly exchange information.”
Hearty congratulations to the smart folks over at GDC4S for bringing this component of the JTRS effort along so successfully!
This is certainly a great time to be working on Software Defined Radio.