TECH BRIEF

NSA certifies 'Suite B' radio

Compliant with the Software Communications Architecture, the radio can host other current and future waveforms.

The National Security Agency (NSA) has certified a radio with new encryption technologies.

Named “Suite B,” the Harris RF-310M-HH radio simplifies communications between multi-national coalitions on the battlefield, improving coordination and mission planning, as well as reducing the potential for friendly fire.

The multi-band, multi-mission radio, co-developed by Harris RF Communications and the NSA, transmits voice and radio over the 30MHz to 512MHz frequency range. It is based on the Advanced Encryption Standard and uses the Sierra 2B Core Software recently certified by the NSA. The radio includes the Type-3 APCO P25 waveform, enabling interoperability with public safety first responders. Compliant with the Software Communications Architecture, the radio can host other current and future waveforms.

The Suite B radio is interoperable with the Joint Tactical Radio System-approved AN/PRC-152(C) Falcon III hand held and AN/PRC-117G manpack radios, also developed by Harris.

The Suite B radio will be commercially available to coalition partners with limited restrictions. It has also been submitted to NATO's Military Committee Communications and Information Systems Security and Evaluation Agency for its secret traffic certification.

“This radio delivers the advantages of encrypted waveform interoperability, protecting voice and data to secret levels of information security without the handling rules and regulations governing controlled cryptographic items. This capability simplifies security, logistics and operational planning,” said Dana Mehnert, group president, Harris RF Communications.

About the Authors

Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.


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