Army plans to field new radio comm network

The Army has awarded an $856 million contract to Boeing Co. to build at least 10,000 software-dependent radios for the Joint Tactical Radio System.

The JTRS architecture will let soldiers and other service members'on the battlefield, in combat vehicles and at command posts'communicate with one another across different channels and legacy systems.

The JTRS software will let the Defense Department's Joint Program Office program and store up to 10 waveforms on radios.

JTRS will advance the service's transformation goal because it is an interoperable system, and it is easy to upgrade, said Army Col. Mike Coxe, deputy program manager for the JTRS office.

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