Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC)
The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) was intended to combine the functionality of numerous single function radios among the Services into a single, Joint-interoperable family of radios. Radio procurements were grouped into clusters based on similarity of requirements and required fielding schedules. There were four defined clusters within the JTRS program:
- (1) Cluster 1- Army: Vehicular and Rotary Wing Radios
- (2) Cluster 2- Special Operations Command: Single Channel Hand-Held Radios
- (3) Cluster AMF-Air Force / Navy: Airborne, Shipborne, and Fixed Station Radios (initially two seperate clusters)
- (4) Cluster 5- Army: Multi-Channel Hand-Held, Man Pack and Small Form Factor Radios
JITC had a major test and certification role in the JTRS program. Standards and specifications conformance testing and certification would be conducted on JTRS waveforms ported onto Cluster radio sets. JITC would provide a conformance certification memorandum for each waveform successfully tested. The JITC would also perform Joint interoperability testing and certification on all JTR sets. The interoperability testing would be conducted in conjunction with JTRS Cluster Multiservice Operational Test and Evaluation (MOT&E) tests that were conducted by designated Operational Test Agencies (OTA). However, the below described test facility can be used to augment interoperability testing.
The JITC JTRS Test Facility became a reality in mid 2000, when JITC became involved with the JTRS program. Existing facilities did not provide adequate space and equipment to support the magnitude of testing that the JTRS program was expected to require. Funding was obtained from the JTRS Joint Program Office to build a new facility and purchase equipment in support of future JTRS testing. A ribbon cutting ceremony of the facility was conducted on 20 Nov 2002.
The test facility had a LAN-based test capability to perform simultaneous, manual and automated testing of multiple radios. The facility was equipped with state-of-the-art portable and fixed test equipment that allowed it to perform all standard radio frequency measurements on handheld, manpack, vehicular, airborne, and shipboard radio systems.
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