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.
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.