UK picks Harris for cryptography

WINNERSH, U.K., 24 Jan. 2006. Harris Systems Ltd. has been awarded a contract from the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the Common-Good High-Grade INFOSEC Module (Programmable), or CHIM(P), program. The contract is valued at approximately 4 million pounds (approximately $7 million U.S.).

Jan 24th, 2006

WINNERSH, U.K., 24 Jan. 2006. Harris Systems Ltd. has been awarded a contract from the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the Common-Good High-Grade INFOSEC Module (Programmable), or CHIM(P), program. The contract is valued at approximately 4 million pounds (approximately $7 million U.S.).

The CHIM(P) programme will introduce a reprogrammable Core Cryptographic Module (CCM) and the first of the next-generation multipurpose, reconfigurable End Cryptographic Units (ECUs) into the UK MOD equipment inventory during 2007 for both enhanced link and Internet Protocol (IP) packet encryption applications.

The CHIM(P) programme is based upon the Harris Sierra II Programmable Cryptographic Module and will provide cryptographic protection to the TOP SECRET UK EYES ONLY classification. The Harris CHIM(P) CCM and ECU will be formally evaluated by CESG, the UK National Technical Authority for high-assurance applications.

"The selection of the Harris Sierra II Programmable Cryptographic Module as the security solution for the CHIM(P) programme is a further recognition of its advanced technology and superior performance," said Paul Taylor, secure products business manager for Harris Systems Ltd.

Harris Systems Ltd. is a leading supplier of secure voice and data communications products, systems, and networks to military, government, and commercial organizations worldwide. Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries.

With headquarters in Melbourne, Fla., the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and has more than 13,000 employees-including 5,500 engineers and scientists-dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications products, systems, and services. The company's operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. For more information, see www.harris.com.

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