Military Embedded Systems

USAF places order of NSA-certified Mini Crypto devices from Viasat


November 08, 2018

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

CARLSBAD, Calif. U.S. Air Force officials placed an order with Viasat Inc. for 1,000 National Security Agency (NSA)-certified Mini Crypto devices under a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract.

First deliveries of Viasat's Mini Crypto devices are expected during the third quarter of Viasat's fiscal year. According to the USAF, the Mini Crypto device will enable forward-deployed warfighters to secure small, tactical edge systems in extremely hostile environments.

Viasat's Mini Crypto devices are designed for easy embedment on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) small form factor systems, allowing them to transmit SECRET and Below data securely across the battlespace. Systems include unmanned systems, emerging robotics applications, communications devices, and existing and emerging sensors.