NSA certifies cryptographic module for joint tactical radios

AIM II approved for Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit and Airborne Maritime Fixed equipment

A cryptographic module for tactical radios developed by General Dynamics C4 Systems has been certified by the National Security Agency to transmit secure classified information up to and including top-secret sensitive compartmented information.


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The NSA-certified AIM II module will support communications via Joint Tactical Radio System’s Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit and Airborne Maritime Fixed radios and will be used in the manpack radio (AN/PRC 155) and other HMS small form factor radios intended for dismounted soldier systems and fixed-wing aircraft, company officials said today.

Embedded software-based cryptographic algorithms in the hardware foundation of the module are designed to protect classified information from use by unauthorized personnel. The module is designed to be interoperable with other military and government communications equipment.

General Dynamics C4 Systems is based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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