Army satellite encryption contract goes to Harris Corp.

The Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., has awarded a $5 million contract to Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla., to develop an encryption device for the communication security needs of future Army satellite terminals.

The satellite terminals will operate together with military and commercial satellites that are planned to be operational by 2010. The contract ultimately may be worth as much as $12 million, the company said.

The Harris Sierra II-based advanced cryptographic module solution will provide the core used in a variety of ground-based satellite terminals to support the higher data rates and increased information security demands imposed by modern waveforms and newer guidelines.

The advanced cryptographic module will work with host Infosec adapter interface hardware and software, and feature a terminal interface and security services that are compliant with the software communications architecture.

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Government Computer News' affiliate publication, Washington Technology.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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