Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has delivered a Small Airborne Joint Tactical Radio Engineering Development Model to the C-130J and C-5 System Integration Laboratories in Marietta, Ga. This is the second EDM delivered to the U.S. Air Force to support platform integration activities of the Airborne & Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System.
AMF JTRS will allow airmen and sailors to communicate with soldiers on the ground, enabling secure voice and data communications across diverse military units and providing compatibility with legacy equipment already in the force. Lockheed Martin conducted war fighting simulations using the AMF JTRS variant being developed for aircraft and warships, finding that compared with existing communications gear, AMF JTRS delivers a significant gain in situational awareness and speed of command.
“This is yet another successful milestone as we move to link Air Force, Army and Navy communications,” said Mark Norris, vice president for Joint Tactical Network Solutions with Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS-Defense. “This delivery of an official EDM Joint Tactical Radio hosting Link-16, coupled with the earlier delivery to the U.S. Air Force of a pre EDM supports platform integration risk reduction efforts for both C-130J and C-5 and further demonstrates the ability of a software defined radio to meet the evolving communications needs of our warfighters.”