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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lockheed Martin Demos JTRS for Navy

Lockheed Martin said Tuesday it performed its first successful Joint Tactical Radio network demonstration for the U.S. Navy, transmitting Internet-Protocol enabled data and video communications Using a Joint Tactical Pre-Engineering Development Model (pre-EDM) radio.

According to Lockheed Martin, the demonstration verified the technical maturity of the Airborne & Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS) network, which is designed to allow the sharing of secure (NSA Type 1) voice, data, and video communications, in real-time.

“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 (ADNS). Enabled with a preliminary version of the Internet Protocol-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. Lockheed Martin’s AMF JTRS team includes BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

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