In major milestone for JTRS program, NSA approves JTRS HMS Rifleman Radio and small form factor modules

The Joint Tactical Radio System Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (JTRS HMS) program received certification of the AN/PRC-154 Rifleman Radio, RT-1935/G Small Form Factor (SFF-A) and RT-1948/D Small Form Factor (SFF-D) modules by the National Security Agency (NSA) on May 6, according to a August 1 press release from the Joint Program Executive Office, Joint Tactical Radio System.

While the Rifleman Radio delivers networking connectivity to soldiers in a handheld or body worn radio, the SFF modules provide the same capability within unmanned and unattended sensor and robotic platforms.

The Rifleman Radio, SFF-A and SFF-D modules use a combination of general purpose processor and field programmable gate array components to provide advanced encryption standard encryption capabilities to ensure secure, interoperable ad-hoc mobile networking communications at the tactical edge by transmitting voice and data simultaneously via the Soldier Radio Waveform.

The Rifleman Radio and SFF modules protect the confidentiality of voice and data up through the Sensitive But Unclassified level and are designed for secure (Type 2) intra-squad communications in a tactical environment. They also enable team and squad Leaders to track individual soldier GPS locations.

The JTRS HMS Rifleman Radio AN/PRC-154 also completed its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) during the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 12.1 and is currently preparing for a full-rate production decision, according to the JPEO JTRS. Under last June’s Milestone C decision, the Army is presently procuring 6,250 AN/PRC-154 Rifleman and 100 AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios.

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