The U.S. Navy has selected Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) for a $5.9 million order for its KIK-11 Tactical Key Loader — a new lightweight device that simplifies the process of loading classified key fill material into military radios and other end cryptographic units.
The initial delivery order was placed against a recently signed $59.7 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.
“The KIK-11 is an important new device that will enable forces at the tactical edge to quickly and dynamically load encryption keys into their radios, or change them when the original keys have been compromised,” said Brendan O’Connell, the president of Harris RF Communications’ Department of Defense business unit. “The KIK-11 is portable, lightweight and fast to power on, providing military forces with faster, more reliable and more secure communications.”
The Tactical Key Loader supports all legacy and modern key fill interfaces and protocols, as well as a USB/RS-232 and works with current and future KMI-compliant key distribution architectures. Harris is expecting NSA certification in early calendar year 2012 with product availability soon thereafter.