Raytheon wins Air Force radio work

Raytheon Co. has won a $31.1 million Air Force contract to design new lighter, power-efficient transmitter devices, the first technology upgrade to the shoebox-shaped devices in more than two decades, according to a Nov. 7 Raytheon announcement.

The current portable devices are used in a variety of airborne, land and maritime combat situations to transmit voice and data securely.

Under a multiyear agreement the time period of which was not announced, Raytheon will design and test the new cryptographic units before replacing the current stand-alone cryptographic units with new products that use data-scrambling algorithms to encrypt information on one end and then decrypt it on the other, the announcement said.

Known as VACM, for VINSON/ANDVT Crypto Modernization, the highly competitive program sets new standards for encryption performance and ease of use. Raytheon's new cryptographic module is available to select markets at a significantly lower cost than current competitive solutions, the announcement added.

The VACM contract is one of the Air Force Cryptologic Systems Division's largest programs.

Raytheon Co., of Waltham, Mass., ranks No. 4 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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