Vanu said today it has been awarded a development contract from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) to build and deliver a prototype mobile GSM cellular communications system for secure, rapid, field deployable applications. It is the company’s second CEEDEC contract.

The company currently is demonstrating a first-generation system that uses encrypted GSM handsets, supported by a vehicle-mounted Vanu-developed software radio base station to provide communications between dismounted soldiers. The system also employs a Globalstar satellite link to enable communications back to a remote tactical operations center.

The contract announced today will enable Vanu to further develop and enhance its by modifying the current base station system to enable encryption and meet the mobility requirements of soldiers.