Viasat and the US Air Force (USAF) have completed the production readiness review (PRR) phase of the Mini Crypto programme.
The PRR allows the programme to enter low-rate initial production (LRIP) phase.
The Mini Crypto programme covers the development of an embeddable cryptographic security/data module for military handheld devices and unmanned systems that communicate sensitive and classified data.
USAF Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division Mini Crypto programme manager Heidi Beason said: “Mini Crypto is revolutionising crypto for tactical operations.
“We think the Mini Crypto module will really help forward-deployed warfighters secure unmanned platforms, sensors, and communication devices in areas where risk of interception is high, and still protect sensitive data without burdening warfighters on the front lines with extra equipment or steps to safeguard the encryption device.
“In addition, we feel the Mini Crypto will enable us to lower operational costs achieved through the innovative use of self-generated keys as well as reduce expensive handling, logistics and lifecycle costs as the Viasat module is a non-Controlled Cryptographic Item.”
Based on Viasat’s programmable and embeddable PSIAM cryptographic technology, the Viasat Mini Crypto module will allow USAF and military personnel to procure affordable small form factor embeddable encryption devices.
The module facilitates rapid development of small form factor unmanned military applications that need to be securely connected to classified networks, Viasat stated.
The Mini Crypto self-contained crypto engine does not require manual key input as it uses certificate-based self-generated keys.
Using the Mini Crypto module, data can be distributed to government personnel more quickly and securely.
The module will protect command and control links in support of weaponised platforms and provide decision-makers with real-time access to mission-critical tactical data.