Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS)

The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Enterprise develops and delivers interoperable, mobile ad-hoc, secure networking capability to the warfighter anywhere in the joint battle space. JTRS is developing and positioning products to meet stakeholder requirements by providing information sharing capabilities and interoperability to the warfighter and by enabling improved situational awareness and significant battlefield advantage through advanced net-centric warfare. By developing and implementing an open architecture of cutting-edge radio waveform technology, multiple radio types are now capable of communicating with one another. The ultimate goal is to produce a family of interoperable, modular, software-defined radios (SDRs) that operate as nodes in a network that provides secure wireless communication and networking services for mobile and fixed forces.

AN/PRC-148 JEM: Thales is the prime contractor for this JTRS initiative, evolving the battle-proven AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) into the AN/PRC-148 JTRS Enhanced MBITR, or JEM. The AN/PRC-148 JEM, the first JTRS-approved product being used on the battlefield today, is the smallest, lightest, most power-efficient multiband, tactical, handheld radio in use. The JEM's SCA-compliant platform hosts all of today's core narrowband waveforms and enables the integration of future waveforms and advanced capabilities via simple software upgrades. Downloadable features include ANDVT, HAVEQUICK I/II, SINCGARS Frequency Hopping 1/2, High Throughput Waveform 56 kbps, Project 25, SATCOM IW, MELP, and Over-the-Air-Cloning. The JEM is the cornerstone of a complete system solution providing warfighters with advanced, reliable communications capabilities for both mounted and dismounted operations.

Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fits (HMS): Thales' leadership in the handheld SDR domain led to its selection as a key member of the General Dynamics (GD)-led team for JTRS HMS. The company is collaborating with GD on the AN/PRC-154 Rifleman Radio. The Rifleman Radio is a low-cost, soldier radio with embedded encryption and GPS that extends the network to the individual dismounted warfighter. The Rifleman Radio is currently in Low Rate Initial Production. Thales and GD are also collaborating on development of the SFF-B, the first JTRS embeddable, two-channel, Type-1 networking radio.

Network Enterprise Domain (NED): Under the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) Software In-Service Support (SwISS) contract, the ITT Communications Systems/Thales Communications team is providing technical support, software maintenance/upgrades, and enhancements to baseline JTRS SINCGARS software for the Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) JTRS Network Enterprise Domain. These updates and enhancements will evolve the baseline JTRS SINCGARS waveform, providing improved features, functionality, and performance for our warfighters while protecting the Government's existing investment in radio platform hardware.