Harris Corporation’s Weapon Data Link for Small Diameter Bomb Increment II Receives National Security Agency Certification
MELBOURNE, Florida — An advanced data link developed by Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT) for Boeing’s proposed Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) program has completed risk-reduction tests, receiving Type 1 certification from the National Security Agency. Successful completion of risk reduction means the aircraft-launched munition is now ready for the Engineering Manufacture and Development (EMD) phase of the program.
The SDB II Weapon Data Link (WDL) will connect the munitions to tactical networks, allowing operators to engage moving targets on the ground even after a munition is launched. Harris successfully demonstrated the system using Link-16 and Combat Net Radio UHF transmissions as part of the SDB II risk reduction program, which was completed in October. In both Link-16 and UHF modes, the munition’s messaging protocol — a critical requirement for network-enabled weapons — was demonstrated successfully.
“SDB II provides the warfighter the ability to attack mobile targets from stand-off distances in adverse weather conditions,” said Dan Jaspering, director of Direct Attack Weapons for Boeing Weapons Programs. “NSA certification and the Link 16 and UHF Over the Air (OTA) demonstrations complete three key risk items on the program and help pave the way for transition to the EMD phase.”
The Harris Small Secure Network Terminal (SSNT), a network-enabled radio using a software communications architecture, received National Security Agency (NSA) Type 1 certification. Type 1 certification means the Weapon Data Link is able to communicate secret-level classified information. The Harris Sierra II™ encryption technology provides the foundation for this level of information security.
“Type 1 certification was completed prior to the EMD phase of the program to mitigate any remaining risk,” said Wes Covell, president of Harris Defense Programs. “Type-1 certification ensures our warfighters will have the highest levels of information security for the network-enabled munitions they’ll rely on in the future.”
Harris and teammate ViaSat will provide the dual waveform data link to Boeing for the joint U.S. Air Force and Navy SDB II program.
About ViaSat Inc.
ViaSat, Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) produces innovative satellite and other communications products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services. www.viasat.com.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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