Hughes Network Systems LLC of Germantown, Md., announced March 10 that its HX280 high-performance commercial satellite router has achieved an advanced cryptographic security certification.

The so-called Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Security Level 2 certification, awarded by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, broadens the potential national security applications of the HX280, which Hughes says is optimized for mobile military communications.

Daniel Losada, senior director of Hughes’ defense and intelligence, said in a statement that the new certification “further extends the many applications of the versatile HX280, enabling secure communications-on-the-move anywhere in the world, including conflict zones.”

Hughes says the HX280 can be deployed on land, at sea or in the air for highly secure net-centric communications.