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Viasat Small Tactical Terminal Achieves NSA Link 16 Crypto Modernization Certification

By | December 3, 2020
Viasat Link 16. Photo: Viasat

Viasat Link 16. Photo: Viasat

Viasat has integrated Link 16 cryptographic modernization capability into its KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal (STT), the company announced Thursday. The terminal has been National Security Agency (NSA) certified for Link 16 crypto modernization. This modernization was done because of a U.S. government mandate and Viasat said it will give warfighters assured access to information when using Link 16 communications.  

Viasat’s KOR-24A STT is a software-defined radio that operates in Link 16, legacy Very High Frequency (VHF)/Ultra High Frequency (UHF), Wideband UHF and satcom. Viasat said it is the world’s only multi-channel radio that can perform Link 16 communications in a small form factor. More than 1,800 STT units are in service. 

“By taking a proactive approach, Viasat’s KOR-24A STT successfully achieved Link 16 Crypto Mod requirements ahead of the U.S. government mandate,” said Andy Kessler, Viasat vice president and business area director of Next Generation Tactical Data Links business. “As the reach, resiliency and relevancy of Link 16 grows, it will be important to expand these capabilities to help U.S. and coalition forces adjust to new mission needs.”