Air Force plans demo phase for joint radio systems

The Air Force has put out a request for proposals for the demonstration phase of the airborne and maritime Joint Tactical Radio System.

The request for proposals, posted at www.herbb.af.mil and at www.fedbizopps.gov, seeks industry proposals by April for the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station JTRS program.

The Air Force plans to award two, 15-month contracts for this phase of the project, service officials said.

The military currently owns more than 750,000 legacy radios that represent more than 25 types. Ultimately, the Defense Department wants to migrate all legacy, single-band radio systems to the JTRS architecture under the $5.7 billion initiative.

The JTRS family of software-programmable radios will provide multichannel voice, data, imagery and video communications.

With the common JTRS architecture, users on the battlefield, in combat vehicles and at command posts will be able to communicate across different channels and legacy comm applications.

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