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The Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Mode 5 sub-project will provide modern IFF Mode 5 cryptographic devices to be used in conjunction with new IFF Mode 5 transponders and interrogators being implemented in Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) that meet the STANAG 4193 specifications. The primary objective for the IFF cryptographic modernization sub-project is to replace in-service Mode 4 cryptographic devices currently being used in conjunction with the IFF system.


IFF devices are critical elements in the Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment suite and are found on aircraft, ships, tactical platforms and land-based radar sites to identify and classify friendly, neutral, and hostile targets of interest. The project will provide IFF mode 5 cryptographic devices capable of supporting a secure encrypted interrogation challenge in support of the interrogator role, and a secure response to a cryptographic interrogation in support of the transponder role. The devices will be compatible with next generation Common Fill Devices, the Classified Security Management Infrastructure, IFF Mode 5 waveform, and full backwards compatibility with existing Mode 4 devices. The device shall be capable of accepting both Black and Red key variables. This sub-project will only procure the cryptographic devices, thus will not be responsible for the replacement and integration of the IFF Mode 5 transponders and interrogators being implemented in CAF weapon platforms by other project initiatives.

Preliminary Estimate

  • $20 million to $49 million

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2015
    • Contract Award
  • 2018
    • Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Assistant Deputy Minister of Information Management
Phone: 613-995-2017

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