Army awards contract for JTRS radios

The Army has awarded a contract to General Dynamics Corp. to design and develop small, lightweight software-programmable radios under the Joint Tactical Radio System contract. A team led by General Dynamics will modify commercial hardware and software products and develop single- and dual-channel handhelds and small backpack radios, known as Cluster Five radios, according to an Army announcement.

Under the seven-year contract, General Dynamics will receive at least $295 million and could earn more than $1 billion if all options are exercised.

JTRS will field software-programmable radios that provide multichannel voice, data, imagery and video communications. JTRS radios can be upgraded with new software via a wireless information network.

The radios will replace more than 25 types of military radios currently in use.

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