Northrop Grumman Information Systems of McLean, Va., was awarded a five-year contract worth up to $300 million from the U.S. Army to provide encryption devices for the Blue Force Tracking (BFT) system, the company announced Aug. 18.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the satellite-enabled BFT system, which is used by U.S. and allied commanders to keep track of deployed forces. There are more than 85,000 BFT units deployed around the globe.

Under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, Northrop Grumman will supply Programmable In-line Encryption Devices to the Army that will enable more sensitive information to be shared across the network, the press release said. Northrop Grumman is partnered for the contract with Harris Corp., which will manufacture the devices at its Rochester, N.Y., facilities.