Harris Corporation to provide encryption device for future U.S. Army Satellite Terminals

Harris Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Fort Monmouth, N.J., to develop an encryption device that could be used to meet the communication security needs of future satellite terminals. These satellite terminals will be capable of operating with military and commercial satellites that are planned to be operational by 2010. The initial contract value to Harris is approximately $5 million, with a potential value of $12 million.

The Harris SierraII-based Advanced Cryptographic Module solution will provide the cryptographic core used in a variety of ground-based satellite terminals in support of the higher data rates and increased Information Security (INFOSEC) demands imposed by modern waveforms and increased security guidelines. The development is part of the CERDEC-sponsored Programmable Objective Encryption Technologies (POET) Program.

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