Wideband voide and data encryptor
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BID/2510 is a family of software-defined
secure voice and data modules,
developed and built by
Ultra Electronics in Greenford
The family of devices was introduced in July 2010
as a series of plug-in replacements for (now) obsolete
cryptographic solutions, such as the
encryption/decryption device .
It is also known as the Common Core Crypto (C3).
At the heart of the C3 systems is programmable
cryptographic core that is backwards compatible with existing
such as the highly secret
SAVILLE encryption algorithm
developed by GCHQ (UK)
and the NSA (USA).
Because C3 is software-defined, it can also be programmed
to support future interoperability standards, protocols and algorithms.
By building the C3 inside an Application Specific Enclosure
(ASE) it can be used as a drop-in replacement for existing crypto
modules that have recently become obsolete, such as the
The image above was taken from the Ultra Electronics C3
brochure  and shows the basic C3 at the bottom left.
The unit immedately to its right is the BID/2510/16 drop-in replacement
for the now obsolete BID/250/11. It can be installed in the Digital
Master Unit (DMU) of a UK Clansman
VRC-353 radio station.
Clansman is now replaced by the new
Bowman communications system.
Development of the BID/2510 family started in 2009 or 2010 and
the products were redesigned a couple of times in order to meet
the requirements of the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MOD). This
led to the development of the improved BID/2510/16 module,
which was backwards compatible with legacy equipment.
Finally, Ultra Electronics was awarded a GBP 76 million contract
by the UK MOD for the delivery of an unknown number of
BID/2510/16 modules, the first of which were installed on the
HMS St. Albans in 2014.
They passed all Naval Weapon Harbour Trials .
The image below shows the BID/2510/16 module as it was released
in 2013 . This is probably the version that was ordered in December 2014
by the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MOD) in large quantities
as a replacement for the obsolete BID/250/11
. The image was taken from the brochure.
Unfortunately, we have no higher resolution of it at the moment.
Universal programmable voice and data encryption/decryption module
with a small form-factor. It can be built inside a Application Specific
Enclosure (ASE) in order to serve as a drop-in replacement for existing
(obsolete) cryptographic modules. The C3 is fully IP-enabled
and requires the installation of a circular Crypto Ignition Key (CIK)
at the front.
Early version of the replacement for the BID/250/11, developed in 2010.
This version had a slot for a flat plastic Crypto Ignition Key (CIK)
from Datakey at its
front panel and has since been superceeded by the BID/2510/16 (see below).
It is uncertain whether this version was ever taken into production.
Drop-in replacement for the BID/250/11 voice and data encryption
module that was installed in the DMU of the VRC-353 radio, as part
of the UK Clansman radio system.
Clansman is currently being
replaced by the
Bowman integrated communications system.
- KG-40 AR
Drop-in replacement for the now obsolete
that is used by NATO
and Coalition Forces. The KG-40AR is approved by
and NATO and is
also used by the US Department of Defense (US DoD), making it the first
ever procurement of a Type 1 cryptographic device
by the US DoD from an offshore company.
It uses the BID/2200 crypto module.
The first version of the universal C3 module
was the BID/2510/1, a candidate replacement for the (now obsolete)
BID/250/11 (Lamberton). It is shown in the
image below and features a slot for a Crypto Ignition Key (CIK),
a one-letter alphanumerical LED display, a mode selector
and an U-229 socket for a common key fill device.
It is uncertain whether this version was ever produced.
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