ViaSat Awarded $34 M to Develop MIDS Cryptographic Module
- COTS-based PSIAM crypto module simplifies reconfiguration for new applications
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), on behalf of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Program Office (MPO) (JPEOJTRS10), has awarded a $34 million dollar firm fixed price contract to ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) for the design, development, and production of a cryptographic module (LCM) for the MIDS Low Volume Terminal (MIDS-LVT) Block Upgrade 2.
The contract encompasses the development, prototype delivery, testing, and integration of a cryptographic module that is designed to be integrated into a variety of MIDS-LVT hardware variants. The award also calls for production of approximately 10,000 LCMs for retrofit of all MIDS-LVT hardware in service at the conclusion of the development.
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"This award demonstrates the flexibility of our PSIAM cryptographic technology, which is based entirely on commercial off the shelf (COTS) components. That makes it easy and very cost effective to reconfigure for new applications," said Richard Quintana, director of Information Assurance Technology for ViaSat Secure Network Systems.
MIDS-LVT terminals provide secure, high capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice communications for Navy, Marines Corps, Army, and foreign tactical aircraft, and also for shipboard and ground-based air control personnel.
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Source : ViaSat Inc.