Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS)
The merging of Cluster 3, the Maritime and Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), and Cluster 4, the Airborne JTRS, programs created the Airborne, Maritime, and Fixed Station (AMF) JTRS program. The AMF JTRS program has a two-phase development strategy: Pre-System Development and Demonstration (Pre-SDD) and SDD. Pre-SDD is focused on the system architectures and initial designs for the AMF JTRS, as well as identifying possible cost-effective hardware and software commonality across the operating domains. Pre-SDD is a 15- month effort being executed concurrently by two Contractors to define both system and interface requirements, and to proceed with initial development through Preliminary Design Review (PDR). This Pre-SDD effort has been extended to October 2006.
AMF JTRS is nearing completion of Pre-SDD and now preparing to enter the SDD phase. The program has promulgated a Statement of Objectives (SOO) with requirements for the prime contractors to develop and provide a Statement of Work (SOW) that will lead the program through Critical Design Review (CDR). SDD will be a full and open competition, with options for Engineering Development Model (EDM) and Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) units.
As managerial oversight to ensure that total system and production risks are adequately addressed during SDD, the AMF JTRS Acquisition IPT requested the support of the Best Manufacturing Practices Center of Excellence (BMPCOE). BMPCOE/WILLCOR to assist the Program in ensuring that manufacturing and producibility provisions are established, adequately addressed, and incorporated during the SDD Phase.
WILLCOR provided an assessment that addressed the manufacturing risks associated with the technologies involved, the strategies chosen, the program schedule, and the industry capabilities to produce the final product based on the designs. To complete this task, WILLCOR drew heavily on its experience with industry in developing the Best Manufacturing Practices Database, its Systems Engineering Model and expertise, and the Producibility Guidelines Document (NAVSO P-3687).