Boeing: We're working on JTRS issues

Boeing said it has taken the first step in resolving problems with budget overruns and delays with its Joint Tactical Radio System project.

Boeing filed a response May 25 to a "show cause" letter the Defense Department sent last month. Although such a letter could result in the cancellation or modification of the contract, Boeing said in a statement that it wants to work with the Pentagon to develop a realistic plan to meet all the JTRS requirements. Boeing declined to provide further details of its response to the letter.

Boeing is developing radios for use in Army and Marine Corps ground vehicles, Army helicopters, and Air Force tactical aircraft control parties under its JTRS Cluster 1 contract.

Top Pentagon officials are reviewing that contract. Total development costs for JTRS have now hit $32 billion, according to a DOD acquisition report released in April.

Steven Davis, a spokesman for the JTRS Joint Program Executive Office at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, said in a statement that the office is assessing the JTRS program to synchronize cost, schedule and funding health for all clusters.

Boeing's response is an important step in that process, Davis said in the statement.

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