US DoD Awards Cryptographic Device Development and Production Contract

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s technology will allow soldiers to access Communication Security products over the network using advanced cryptographic algorithms, providing increased security for Department of Defense network systems By DA Reporter / 29 Sep 2021
SNC NGLD-M

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been selected for development and competitive production of the new U.S. Army’s Next Generation Load Device-Medium (NGLD-M), which will allow soldiers to communicate securely using advanced cryptographic keys, a method of protecting information and communications through the use of encrypted keys, or codes.

The technology will allow soldiers to access Communication Security (COMSEC) products over the network using advanced cryptographic algorithms, providing simplified operations for soldiers and increased security for Department of Defense (DoD) network systems.

The contract award carries a potential value of $774 million over 10 years.

“SNC is honored to have delivered encryption key management capabilities to U.S. DoD and other customers for more than 18 years,” said CEO, Fatih Ozmen. “Secure communications is critical to virtually every national security mission for every customer.”

As an upgrade to SNC’s Simple Key Loaders (SKL), NGLD-M will provide soldiers with an advanced cryptographic key loading capability to enable secure DoD Key Management Infrastructure (KMI) network systems.

SNC assembled an experienced and skilled NGLD-M team, partnering with ULTRA and L3Harris Technologies to ensure delivery of a certified, innovative and cost-effective solution to support a diverse community of users. 

This contract issued through U.S. Army Contracting Command office in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland is in support of Program Executive Office Command Control Communication-Tactical objectives, including enabling secure high-speed, high-capacity voice, data and video communications for the U.S. Army, joint, coalition and other mission partners. Work on the contract will be performed in Sparks, Nevada and Fremont, California.

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