Army inks deal for new software-driven radios

Army inks deal for new software-driven radios

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 user radios.

'This provides technology we can enhance very quickly,' said Army Col. Mike Coxe, deputy program manager for the program office.

JTRS furthers the Army's transformation goal because it is an interoperable system and is easy to upgrade, he said.

Boeing, which beat Raytheon Co. to win the contract, will build and field JTRS by 2006, Coxe said. If DOD exercises all its options, the contract ultimately could be worth more than $2 billion.

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