Raytheon Sells Encryption Gear To USAF

by: Matthew Potter
October 5, 2009

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The United States Air Force (USAF) awarded Raytheon a contract to supply KIV-77 encryption equipment. This contract will be worth about $100 million if all parts are exercised. The KIV-77 is used as part of aircraft transponder equipment to help Identify Friend or Foe (IFF).

IFF is required so that friendly air defense systems can identify whether the aircraft is hostile or not. All military and commercial aircraft and many civil ones have transponder systems for air traffic control. Military ones take it further to provide a secure way of carrying out IFF. The IFF has to be protected by encryption so that an enemy can not spoof it.

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