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Leonardo DRS is providing US and allied military users with advanced situational awareness radio systems, in the form of the next generation Joint Tactical Terminal (JTT-BG), which will upgrade legacy systems in current use, the company announced on 8 June.

The JTT is a core part of the company’s range of networking and communications capabilities for joint forces platforms. The JTT-NG two-way beyond line-of-sight communications system improves on the previous version by providing more capabilities and 60+% reduction in size and weight. Its comprehensive near real-time battlespace awareness capability communicates millions of threat, survivor, and Blue Force Tracking reports daily, and is the only modular integrated broadcast service (IBS) receive-and-transmit terminal currently available.

This system is the best long-term technical solution available for all military forces to ensure their critical mission needs are met,” stated Larry Ezell, SVP/GM for the company’s Airborne & Intelligence Systems business.

Leonardo DRS has provided JTT systems for over 15 years, supporting IBS to operators on multiple land, sea and air platforms. The next-generation IBS technology offers more functionality with the full-duplex satellite communications system supporting multiple waveforms in an NSA-certified High Assurance (Formerly Type 1) design. JTT-NG is positioned for long-term use, with the capability to host current and emerging waveforms, such as WCDMA/MUOS. It is the world’s most advanced IBS transmit/receive terminal, and also continues the company’s legacy of seamless communications and interoperability between the United States and its ‘Five Eyes’ partners.


The JTT-NG is now bringing advanced capability to multiple platforms. (Photo: Leonardo DRS)

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