There’s a great deal of discussion about JTRS’ well-being, or better said life expectancy. I think we need to take a step back and look at JTRS as a requirement and not a specific product.
The U.S. Army, and in fact, all of the Services need an integrated communications network and the software definable radio is at the heart of that. The Services also need to integrate voice, data and video in order to enhance situational awareness and provide cutting edge command and control capabilities.
To achieve that, designers and integrators need a wideband architecture that will support the bandwidth requirements and provide self-healing connectivity, and whether it comes from Boeing or Samsung is irrelevant. The requirement stands.
What the Army is saying, as I understand it, is that we are getting out of the development business and we’d like for industry to run with that ball.