Northrop Grumman awarded Pentagon’s encryption contract 41811154

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Northrop Grumman awarded Pentagon’s encryption contract
Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a contract for KGV-72 Type I, Programmable Inline Encryption Devices (PIEDs), from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract will have a maximum value of USD99 million.
Northrop Grumman awarded Pentagon’s encryption contract
The JBC - P installed in a vehicle, offering Google Earth-like maps, real-time chat and other critical tools for superior situational awareness. (Photo: US Army)

The PIEDs will encrypt information in order to secure joint battlefield communications across the Joint Battle Command – Platform (JBC – P), which provides Blue Force tracking for the Army, Marines and Special Operations Command. The KVG-72 encryption devices are produced by Harris Corporation and will be integrated on that battle command platform by Northrop Grumman.

As per the USMC’s system information sheet, JBC – P is a digital, battle command information system, installed in tactical vehicles, that provides integrated, on the move, real-time C2 information to tactical, combat support and combat service support commanders. It has been effectively used in Afghanistan and Iraq.