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Cypher Research Laboratories Pty Ltd (CRL) has received an order from the Communications Systems Branch, Information Assurance SPO - Comsec equipment of DMO for the purchase of a quantity of CYCOM(r) AS/KSV-917 high-grade encryption modules.

These purpose built devices are to be supplied as the GFE encryption capability for use in the recently released contract, won by the Australian company Nautronix Ltd, for the provision of MineCountermeasures Underwater Computer Systems (MCUCS) for the RAN.

In developing these cryptographic devices, which were required to meet strict physical, magnetic and electronic criteria, CRL was able to draw on its extensive experience as an Australian designer and manufacturer of high-grade cryptographic devices. This 'indigenous' capability translated directly to a design able to meet the exact mission requirement.


Cypher Research Laboratories (CRL) has been awarded a contract by the Australian Department of Defence, Tactical Electronic Warfare Program Office (TEWPO) to provide component level repair and technical support to a wide range of Electronic Warfare equipment operated by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The initial system covered by this contract is the TITAN AN/PRD-13(V)1 manpack radio direction finder. As the result of agreement between the TEWPO, TITAN and CRL we are now able to provide full 'in-country' repair to component level.

From a maintenance and support perspective CRL now considers this TITAN equipment to be of equal importance to our own CYCOM® products. TITANS products can now be repaired and returned within 10 days and if a 'quick reaction' is required this time can be reduced to 8 hours.

This contract allows CRL, Australia's only indigenous designer and manufacturer of a wide range of tactical high grade encryption and military radio products, to leverage its considerable technical expertise and capability to support all TITAN radio direction finding equipment currently in service with the ADF.


Cypher Research Laboratories (CRL) has recently completed acceptance testing and delivery of equipment under a contract awarded by the Defence Materiel Organisation - Land Systems, for the provision of secure combat workstations and ancillary equipment for use in the Land Weapons Systems - Indirect Fire - Sensor to Shooter test bed.

The rugged lightweight equipment supplied is designed to allow the secure, reliable and seamless transmission of real-time messages over existing combat net radio systems and field cable networks from the forward observer to the gun line. The workstations provide a fully integrated GPS function and moving map display compatible with existing defence digital mapping projects. The open architecture of the workstations, despite their rugged, immersion-proof construction and their high grade cryptographic capability, allows the project to develop its own mission software and to trial third party applications and targeting systems on a stable and trusted platform.

CRL has, once again, been able to provide an indigenous product with the capability, performance and cost effectiveness necessary to fully meet the customer's specific mission requirement.

Cypher Research Laboratories (CRL) has recently completed acceptance testing and delivery of equipment under a contract awarded by the Directorate of Electronic Warfare Projects - Army for the provision of secure combat data equipment for use in the Combat Light Electronic Warfare System (CLEWS).

The rugged lightweight equipment supplied is designed to allow the secure and reliable transmission of real time electronic warfare related messages on existing combat net radio systems and field cable networks from the forward edge of the battle area.


Cypher Research Laboratories (CRL) has been awarded a contract by the Directorate of Electronic Warfare Projects - Army to provide secure data equipment for the Combat Light Electronic Warfare System (CLEWS).

This contract covers the supply of secure combat data terminals, secure combat workstations and accessories. All these items are from CRL's range of combat proven secure tactical data terminals which are currently in service with the Australian Army.

These new generation lightweight, rugged devices are capable of processing, encrypting and transmitting data at the highest classification level while maintaining full compatibility with in service CYCOM® data equipment.

As Australia's only indigenous designer and manufacturer of high grade encryption products CRL is able to, as in this case, tailor its product capability and performance to meet the customers mission requirements.


Cypher Research Laboratories (CRL) has recently been awarded a contract by the Directorate of Electronic Warfare Projects - Army to provide secure data equipment for the Formation Light Electronic Warfare System (FLEWS). This major electronic warfare project under development by the prime contractor Clough Engineering Ltd is designed to introduce significant new EW capability to the ADF.

CRL's contract covers the supply of secure combat workstations and accessories as GFE to the prime contractor. All items are from CRL's range of combat proven secure tactical data terminals which are widely used throughout the ADF.

The combat workstations for this project were required to be capable of processing, encrypting and transmitting data at the highest classification level while maintaining full compatibility with in-service CYCOM® data equipment including that operated by the CLEWS project. Inbuilt GPS capability linked to a moving map display, secure e-mail and fully secure LAN connectivity provided the Commonwealth with a wide range of options which met both the current requirement and proposed capability upgrades.

As Australia's only indigenous designer and manufacturer of high grade encryption products CRL seeks to tailor its product features and performance to meet the customers specific mission requirements.


Cypher Research Laboratories has completed a contract to supply equipment to Surveillance Australia (SA). SA is a long term and sophisticated user of CYCOM® tactical systems and this is a follow on order to their original purchase of equipment in the late 90's. This equipment is for fitment to new surveillance aircraft and secures the aircraft's tactical HF/SSB link into the Australian Customs Service (ACS) HF network. The whole of the ACS HF network is secured by CYCOM® secure data terminals.

This contract covered the supply of airborne secure tactical data systems. The data equipment supplied is fitted with CRL's latest version 3 software incorporating a moving map display, secure e-mail and picture transmission, secure position interrogation and display, 'drag and drop' message handling with increased message size and LAN connectivity. This new software provides not only situational awareness but also allows the secure transmission of e-mail with attachments and other files via any HF/SSB radio network.

Support for this new equipment is available via an Australian TOLL FREE number direct to CRL

The company's Research Director stated that CRL's continuing success with users like Surveillance Australia stemmed from its ability to design and manufacture a range of advanced, reliable, cost effective equipment which would meet the operational needs of its customers.


Cypher Research Laboratories has completed a follow-on contract to supply additional equipment to the Australian Armies regional force surveillance units (RFSU). These mobile forces operate across northern Australia in conditions ranging from desert to tropical rainforest and coastal areas where they conduct both land and sea operations.

This contract covered the supply of equipment from CRL's combat proven secure tactical data system and included both handheld data terminals and secure combat workstations. The contract also included printers, acoustic couplers, remote touch screens, external ruggedised TEMPEST screens (17"), keyboard/mouse units and UPS supplies as well as on site training and technical assistance to the units involved. The purchase of secure workstations will allow RFSU's to operate an 'on demand' secure e-mail capability via their standard combat net radio equipment (HF/VHF/UHF) or even using commercial transceivers.

The company's Research Director noted that CRL's continuing success in the special forces combat data market stemmed from the fact that CYCOM® equipment was designed and built by an Australian company located in Northern Australia. A company who understood, at first hand, the problems of operating in such a hostile environment.


Cypher Research Laboratories (CRL) has completed a contract to supply equipment to the Australian Armies School of Signals. This unit trains personnel from the Corps of Signals, and others, in the correct use of communications equipment in service with the Australian Army.

This contract covered the supply of equipment from CRL's combat proven secure tactical data system which is currently in service with the Australian Army.

The wide acceptance of CYCOM® tactical data equipment by the Australian Army has meant that signalers were required to be familiar with its operation and therefore that the School develop an appropriate training course for our range of equipment.


Cypher Research Laboratories has completed a contract to supply software and firmware upgrade kits to all members of the Five Power Defence Alliance. This alliance is a long term and sophisticated user of CYCOM® systems and this is the second upgrade since their original purchase of equipment in the early 90's.

This contract covered the supply of upgrade kits designed to allow each member country to upgrade and certify their own equipment. This latest version 3 software incorporates a moving map display, secure e-mail and picture transmission capability, secure position interrogation and display, 'drag and drop' message handling with increased message size and LAN connectivity. This new software provides not only situational awareness but also allows the secure transmission of e-mail with attachments and other files via any HF/SSB radio network.

Support for this new software is available 'in-country', if requested, or via TOLL FREE numbers in Singapore, Malaysia or Australia.

The company's Research Director stated that CRL's continuing success with users like the FPDA stemmed from CRL's ability not only to design and manufacture reliable cost effective equipment, but to insure that in-service equipment is not made obsolete by new models and that there is always an upgrade path available for older equipment if required.


Cypher Research Laboratories has completed a contract to supply equipment to the Royal Australian Air Force. This equipment is in service with the RAAF's Air Transportable Telecommunications Unit (ATTU) and was a follow on order to a previous purchase of combat data terminals.

This contract covered the supply of equipment from CRL's combat proven secure tactical data system. The package includes secure field data terminals, combat printers and acoustic couplers.

CRL now provides combat data systems to all three Australian Services.

The company's continuing success in this particular niche of the combat data market reflected the fact that the company's equipment was designed specifically to meet the mission requirements of Australian military users.


Cypher Research Laboratories has completed a contract to supply software upgrades for CYCOM KU-893 combat data equipment operated by the Royal Navy. This equipment, and associated secure voice equipment, is used by RN ships conducting exercises with other members of the Five Power Defence Agreement.

This contract covered the supply of software and firmware upgrades providing extensive GIS, situational awareness, message handling and secure e-mail capability via combat net radio systems.

Cypher Research Laboratories secure voice and data equipment is used by all members of this alliance as the common secure message handling system.

The company's continuing success in this particular niche of the combat data market reflected the fact that the company's equipment was designed and priced to specifically to meet the mission requirements of FPDA members.


Cypher Research Laboratories has begun a contract to supply equipment to the 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (Commando). This regular army unit supplements capabilities of existing reserve Commando units and is the first regular commando force raised since WW2.

This contract covers the supply of equipment from CRL's combat proven secure tactical data system. This package includes combat data terminals, tactical data switches and ancillary equipment, on site training and technical assistance.

CRL now provides combat data systems to all Australian special forces.

The company's Research Director noted that CRL's continuing success in this particular niche of the combat data market reflected the fact that this equipment was designed specifically to meet the mission requirements of Australian SF users beginning with the SAS in the late 1980's.


Cypher Research Laboratories Pty Ltd. has completed a contract to supply the Republic of Vanuatu with equipment from its secure combat data system range.

This order included secure combat data terminals, combat printers and support components.

This equipment, designed and built in Australia, was supplied under the Australian Defence Co-operation Program for use by the Vanuatu Police. This equipment package was designed to provide them with a rugged, low cost, easy to use but fully secure data capability for use on existing COTS HF/SSB equipment.

This equipment allows the Vanuatu Police to operate their own secure networks but also to inter-operate with other systems from the same family currently in use with the Australian Customs Service, Australian Coastwatch surveillance aircraft, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy.

CRL designs and manufactures a wide range of secure data and voice systems suitable for use by law enforcement or para-military users.


Cypher Research Laboratories announced today(10th Oct 1998) that it had signed a five year maintenance agreement with the Australian Department of Defence, Material Management Agency - Army for multi level maintenance support of CYCOM data terminals and ancilliary equipment. The contract is designed to easily accommodate in service equipment, new equipment entering service and equipment that is moving from a warranty to the maintenance agreement.

Cypher Research Laboratories Pty Ltd is the designer and manufacturer of all equipment covered by the contract.

The contract calls for a normal response time of 5 days with 'emergency' repairs within hours.

The company's Research Director stated that CRL's success in this contract was due to its undisputed product knowledge, extensive spares holding and its willingness and ability to respond quickly if equipment failed.


Cypher Research Laboratories has completed a contract to supply equipment to the Australian Armies regional force surveillance units. These mobile forces operate across northern Australia in conditions ranging from desert to tropical rainforest.

This contract covered the supply of equipment from CRL's combat proven secure data system as well as on site training and technical assistance to the units involved.

The company's Research Director noted that CRL's continuing success in the combat data market stemmed from its ability to design and manufacture rugged, reliable, cost effective equipment with capabilities that reflect the mission requirements of its customers. December 18, 2009