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L-3 to offer secure VPN

L-3 Communications will license Cylink Corp.'s NetHawk virtual private network and PrivaCy Manager software for use in developing an enhanced VPN product that supports U.S. government classified network security requirements.

L-3 Communications Systems-East, a division of L-3 Communications, will develop and manufacture the VPN under the brand name RedEagle, company officials said in a Sept. 5 announcement. RedEagle will incorporate a level of security available only to the U.S. military services and government agencies, and will meet the High Assurance Internet Protocol Interoperability Specification standards, officials said. The VPN will support secure site-to-site or server-to-network applications over IP networks.

Milestone for Milstar follow-on

The Advanced Extremely High Frequency system, the follow-on to the Defense Department's Milstar secure communication satellite program, reached a milestone when it completed the Preliminary Design Review, Lockheed Martin Corp. announced Sept. 5.

Completion of the review means the system meets or exceeds the requirements of the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office for the next-generation highly secure military satellite system.

Last year, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, TRW Space and Electronics and Boeing Satellite Systems formed a team to develop the Advanced EHF system. The fully operational Advanced EHF constellation will consist of four satellites. The first of the satellites is scheduled for launch in December 2005.

The same team of contractors developed the Milstar program, which currently has a three-satellite constellation in orbit. The last Milstar satellite is planned for launch in 2002.

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