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SOFIC 2012: ITT awarded USAF encryption contract

23rd May 2012 - 20:42 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in Tampa, Florida

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USAF has awarded ITT Exelis a contract to develop a prototype of its self-encrypting drives for UAV and laptop applications.

The company has developed 'trusted drives' in order to encrypt data onboard these systems,  and they serve to protect the data should anything happen to the platforms.

The contract, announced during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Florida, on 22 May, was awarded in the last month, and a prototype is expected to be delivered by December.

'These are trusted drives for laptop configurations and UAV configurations,' John Kowalski, marketing and business manager for information assurance products at

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