Three teams vie to design JTRS

Competition is heating up for the next phase of the Defense Department's Joint Tactical Radio System: Teams led by Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., and Northrop Grumman Corp. have submitted proposals to design JTRS Air Force and Navy radios.

DOD is expected to select two vendors next month to create preliminary radio designs for a variety of form factors, said Alex Lopez, director of Boeing's JTRS program.

Payday No. 1

The 15-month Airborne and Maritime Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System development contract will be worth about $54 million.

The design work, however, is only a precursor to more-lucrative contracts to build and deliver radios based on the concepts approved during the preliminary design phase.

The department estimates the delivery contract will be worth between $500 million and $1 billion, according to Lockheed Martin. DOD wants to select a systems development contractor late next year.

Boeing's subcontractors include BBN Technologies of Cambridge, Mass.; Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla.; L-3 Communications Corp. of New York; Milcom Systems Corp. of Virginia Beach, Va.; Northrop Grumman; and Rockwell Collins Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Lockheed Martin's subcontractors include BAE Systems PLC of Farnborough, U.K.; General Dynamics Corp.; Northrop Grumman Corp.; and Raytheon Co.

Northrop Grumman's team includes Arinc Inc. of Annapolis, Md.; Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. of Columbia, Md.; ITT Industries Inc. of White Plains, N.Y.; Titan Corp. of San Diego; and ViaSat of Carlsbad, Calif.

The $5.7 billion JTRS program is a Defense-wide effort to bring all military radio systems under a single interoperable architecture. In June, Boeing won the integrator contract to deliver the first cluster of JTRS radios to the Army.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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