U.S. Navy selects Lockheed Martin to develop secure information-sharing system

SAN DIEGO, 17 July 2009. Lockheed Martin won from the U.S. Navy an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to continue the development of Radiant Mercury, a secure multinational information-sharing system used by the Department of Defense. A cross-domain solution, Radiant Mercury is a critical component of many security domains used by DOD, national intelligence agencies, and U.S. coalition partners, says a representative.

Jul 17th, 2009

SAN DIEGO, 17 July 2009. Lockheed Martin won from the U.S. Navy an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to continue the development of Radiant Mercury, a secure multinational information-sharing system used by the Department of Defense. A cross-domain solution, Radiant Mercury is a critical component of many security domains used by DOD, national intelligence agencies, and U.S. coalition partners, says a representative.

This IDIQ contract includes field support for 483 Radiant Mercury systems worldwide, as well as continued enhancement to the system's capabilities. Lockheed Martin's team will support roughly 80 task orders annually which have a contract ceiling of approximately $74 million over the five-year time period. Three initial task orders were received with a potential value of $3.5 million.

"Radiant Mercury bridges a gap in intelligence sharing," says Jim Quinn, vice president of C4ISR Systems for Lockheed Martin's IS&GS-Defense. "Since developing the system in 1992, we have met the operational needs of our customers throughout the world. We will continue to evolve the system to ensure that critical data is accessible to those who need it most."

Radiant Mercury incorporates a suite of high-assurance, trusted, network-encryption technologies that "guards" classified and sensitive data from unauthorized access while protecting networks from intended/unintended corruption by "malicious" or hidden code.

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