LONDON, Feb. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Arqit Limited (“Arqit”), a leader in quantum encryption technology, has signed a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Air Force’s (USAF) Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Directorate, Space Electro-Optics Division.
The CRADA will demonstrate the interoperability and performance of Arqit’s QuantumCloud™ platform for defence use cases. When the Arqit platform is upgraded to include quantum satellites, the space-to-ground quantum encryption links will also be examined in order to prove the viability of high bit-rate global quantum encryption to the USAF and the Department of Defence (DoD) end-points.
Under the agreement, a variety of performance measures and interoperabilities will be examined to demonstrate and validate the contribution that QuantumCloud™ can make to DoD facilities. The expected outcome of the CRADA is to prove viable quantum encryption services from a commercial platform to DoD infrastructure for USAF and wider DoD use cases.
Commenting on the CRADA, Capt. Steven Long for the Air Force Research Laboratory said: “The planned collaboration with Arqit under this agreement will highlight the performance and configurability of the Research Lab’s ground to space quantum infrastructure. This opportunity provided by Arqit gives us the ability to demonstrate a quantum communications channel with a commercial partner and conduct various scientific research experiments at the same time. This is made possible by Arqit’s advances in practical usability of quantum encryption in the private sector. By forming a relationship, we hope to remain at the cutting-edge of quantum technology, and highlight the important relationships we have with our international partners and allies.”
Arqit Founder, Chairman and CEO David Williams said: “We are honoured to sign a CRADA with the USAF. They have a fantastic pedigree for embracing and developing pioneering technology and given its lead status in areas like directed energy, cyber warfare, and Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2), the USAF is the perfect partner for us not only in developing applications for US Government users but also for other Five-Eyes partners.”
Arqit has solved all the known problems of QKD and has gone further to establish a method to translate the benefits of quantum keys to end-points using a new software crypto system, which may have significant benefit in solving the security layer problem evident in plans for achieving and securing decision advantage in Joint All-Domain Command and Control.
Arqit supplies a unique quantum encryption Platform-as-a-Service which makes the communications links of any networked device secure against current and future forms of attack – even from a quantum computer. Arqit’s product, QuantumCloud™, enables any device to download a lightweight software agent, which can create encryption keys in partnership with any other device. The keys are computationally secure, optionally one-time use and zero trust. QuantumCloud™ can create limitless volumes of keys in limitless group sizes and can regulate the secure entrance and exit of a device in a group. The addressable market for QuantumCloud™ is every connected device.
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About United States Air Force
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force, within the U.S. Department of Defence. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for the air, space, and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 11,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit: www.afresearchlab.com.
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