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This has led to the implementation of numerous types of user demonstrations that are executed in parallel with the development process, such as Early Operational Assessments (EOAs), Operational Assessments (OAs), and Operational Utility Evaluations (OUEs), which are all authorized under AFI 99-103.
A Boeing-led team was awarded a contract in June 2002 to develop the first procurement of JTRS radios for the Army under the Cluster 1 program, and is on track to begin Early Operational Assessment in December 2004.
The JEM, the world's first JTRS production radio, is the first Software Communication Architecture (SCA) radio to pass the Early Operational Assessment and JTRS Technology Laboratory SCA verification testing.
Having established software-defined radio technology for tactical dismounted radios, Thales was the first to reduce the SINCGARS waveform to software, had the first Software Communications Architecture radio to pass the Early Operational Assessment milestone, and has maintained its leadership position in tactical military communications through its early and ongoing participation in the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program.
Of these, 22 tests were part of an early operational assessment conducted by the Air Force.
Early operational assessment testing is anticipated during summer 2004 with low-rate initial production expected to begin in 2005.