Raytheon Receives MoD Contract for Cryptographic Modernization
(Source: Forecast International; issued March 5; Updated March 7, 2016)
WASHINGTON --- The Raytheon Co., Space and Airborne Systems Division, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been awarded a $7,727,621 modification (P00038) to previously awarded contract FA8307-11-C-1000, from the United States Air Force, for an engineering change on the VINSON/ANDVT Cryptographic Modernization (VACM) program.

Contractor will implement hardware changes related to design issues and parts obsolescence, as well as software deficiencies identified during testing.

VACM is an effort to design lighter, power-efficient devices that the U.S. military uses to securely transmit voice and data traffic. It is the first technology upgrade to the shoebox-shaped devices in more than two decades. These devices are portable and can be used in a variety of airborne, land and maritime combat situations.

Under a multiyear agreement, Raytheon will replace stand-alone cryptographic units with affordable, modern products that use data-scrambling algorithms to encrypt information on one end and then decrypt it on the other.

Work will be performed at Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Largo, Florida, and is expected to be complete by March 7, 2017.

Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,950,803; and fiscal 2014 procurement funds in the amount of $294,600 are being obligated at time of award.

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division, Joint-Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity.

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