Thursday, June 21, 2012

Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS)

Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) - a silver bullet for military communications and "a certified radio that it will never deploy."

Via KF5CZO and


  1. I think the article cited misleads the reader into thinking the entire project was cancelled and billions wasted. On the contrary, there are four variants of the mega project for which one was cancelled. Three remain and there appears no indication of the remaining platforms being cut.

    The following article I think does a better job in bringing the announcement into context:

    But make no mistake, this is to be expected from a project that turns basic research into a piece of usable equipment. The innovations derived from earlier generations of the project known as JTIDS still fuel what we know in digital communications today.

    1. Thanks for the link. It is amazing anything gets deployed given the rapid pace of technological advances:

      "Army officials say that previous research and development investment in SDRs through the GMR and JTRS program created alternatives that may be more price competitive than the GMR was becoming."

      And a little mind-blowing...

      "In the future, the SDR system will continue to evolve along these lines and eventually adapt attributes and features of popular commercial devices such as tablets or iPads, where functionality and capability will be in the form of applications added through the software, he continues. Different applications will be uploaded, run on the SDR for specific missions and different needs using waveforms with different performance characteristics based on mission requirements, Miller adds."