Raytheon Computers ID Foes for USAF

4 October 2009 (Last Updated October 4th, 2009 18:30)

Raytheon will produce and deliver up to 8,000 computers with identification friend or foe (IFF) equipment to improve secure combat identification for the US Air Force. The KIV-77 applique cryptocomputers will safeguard communications and protect warfighters when they need to identify fr

Raytheon will produce and deliver up to 8,000 computers with identification friend or foe (IFF) equipment to improve secure combat identification for the US Air Force.

The KIV-77 applique cryptocomputers will safeguard communications and protect warfighters when they need to identify friendly positions during combat.

It provides information assurance for both legacy mode 4 and new mode 5 IFF, which is part of Raytheon's crypto modernisation initiative.

Mode 5 IFF is an encrypted data link between interrogators and transponders to confirm a friendly aircraft and uses a newer, more secure waveform than Mode 4 to ensure information security for warfighter communications.

The computers are type 1 certified by the National Security Agency, implying that they are authorised for handling classified data.

The $100m contract is valid for a period of five years.