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Raytheon Gets $32 Million to Protect Tactical Data Transmissions

The NSA-certified encryption devices will have next-generation safeguards for tactical radios.

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The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $32 million production contract for next-generation encryption devices to safeguard military tactical data transmissions across air, surface, subsurface and ground assets.

The Link Level Communication Security 7M encryptor, or LLC 7M, provides enhanced security for the Link 22 tactical radio system used by the U.S. military and its allies.

The LLC 7M has received the National Security Agency's only Type 1 certification for protection of information classified up to the Secret level in the Link 22 environment. Link 22 replaces the legacy Link 11 radio system, and is interoperable with the current Link 16 system, providing longer-distance, beyond-line-of-sight communications without reliance on satellites or persistent airborne relay.

The LLC 7M is being developed under contract with the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, or SPAWAR, as part of the NATO Improved Link Eleven, or NILE project, which includes international partners CanadaFranceGermanyItalySpain and the U.K.

Raytheon's $32 million contract includes a five-year base performance period with an additional five-year option. If exercised, the option could bring the cumulative value of the contract to $63 million.

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