JTRS HMS Program Achieves Milestone C — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
June 21, 2011

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JTRS HMS Program Achieves Milestone C

SAN DIEGO – The Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (JTRS HMS) Program successfully achieved Milestone C, a critical acquisition milestone and
an important benchmark in delivering advanced networking capabilities to the warfighter. In the Acquisition Decision Memorandum dated June 17,
2011, the Joint Program Executive Office for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) was granted the authority to enter the production and
deployment phase of the HMS program. This decision authorizes the Army to first procure a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) lot of up to 6,250
Rifleman Radios and up to 100 Manpack Radios.

JTRS HMS is a key to building the ground-level lower tactical network, bringing the most disadvantaged unit – the small unit down to the
individual Joint warfighter – into the network. HMS radios provide the means to conduct voice, data, image, and video communication securely
between the individual warfighter and their team leader, leading to more efficient command and control of the battlefield. HMS capability allows
critical information to be exchanged in a way that was previously unavailable, empowering warfighters with increased information to
outmatch enemies and ensure more successful operations.

“This milestone marks an important step for the core capability we will be providing the individual Soldier, Marine, Airman and Sailor. The
increased situational awareness created by the HMS radios will significantly improve our warriors’ lethality and survivability,” said
Brigadier General Michael Williamson, the Joint Program Executive Officer for JTRS.

The milestone decision, occurring two months ahead of the program’s schedule, was based on several years of industry and government
teamwork. Additionally, HMS demonstrated the maturity of the Rifleman Radio during recent key events, including a successful Verification of
Corrected Deficiencies in February 2011 and a successful Rifleman-Manpack Radio network architecture test in March 2011. HMS will
also be integral component of this summer’s Army Network Integration Exercise being held at Ft Bliss, TX and White Sands Missile Range, New

COL John Zavarelli, the HMS Program Manager, expresses the program’s commitment to providing the most advanced technology to today’s
warfighter and the warfighter of the future. “HMS radios bring state-of-the-art wide-band networking and satellite communications to
tactical units. This transformational networking capability will contribute to building dominant small units.”


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