Joint Radio Relay

“Overseeing air operations in the middle east, US Air Forces central command urgently needed a communications capability that extended beyond line of sight to provide close air support in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan”

Booz Allen, in support of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Systems Center (SPAWARSYSCEN) Atlantic, delivered ground-to-air support with an agile new method—taking a new theater-ready communications system from inventive prototype to operational system in just over a year. With a plan to converge the prototype, design, and engineering phases to meet the deadline, Booz Allen created an engineering “scrum” team. Taken from the rugby term, the effort included small teams of experts working intensively yet interdependently. They utilized 3D computer modeling to shape requirements, foresee problems, and accelerate progress.

Armed with the confidence of our prototypes, the client authorized Booz Allen to procure materials and build the system. As the team received equipment for production, they quality tested each unit, making design changes as needed, and kept on schedule and under budget.

The first new JR2 system was delivered to the Air Force and was on a flight to Afghanistan the next day. ISO 9001:2008 auditors reviewed the system and gave the effort high marks.

It has proved a success in the field and, as a result, SPAWARSYSCEN Atlantic has contracted Booz Allen to assemble additional systems for the US Air Forces Central Command for use across the Air Force.