VINSON

VINSON is a family of voice encryption devices used by U.S. and allied military and law enforcement, based on the SAVILLE encryption algorithm and 16 kbit/s CVSD audio compression. It replaces the Vietnam War-era NESTOR (KY-8/KY-28|28/KY-38|38) family.

These devices provide tactical secure voice on UHF and VHF line of sight (LOS), UHF SATCOM communication and tactical phone systems. These terminals are unclassified Controlled Cryptographic Items (CCI) when unkeyed and classified to the keymat of the key when going secure.

VINSON devices include:

  • KY-57
  • KY-58
  • KY-68
  • KY-99a (MINTERM)
  • KY-100 (AIRTERM)
  • KYV-2
  • FASCINATOR

VINSON is embedded into many modern military radios, such as SINCGARS. Many multi-algorithm COMSEC modules are also backwards-compatible with VINSON.

Cipher machines
Rotor machines:
  • CCM
  • Enigma
  • M – 125 Fialka
  • Hebern
  • HX-63
  • KL-7
  • Lacida
  • M-325
  • Mercury
  • NEMA
  • OMI
  • Portex
  • RED
  • SIGABA
  • SIGCUM
  • Singlet
  • Typex
Mechanical:
  • Bazeries cylinder
  • C-36
  • C-52
  • CD-57
  • Cipher disk
  • HC-9
  • Kryha
  • Jefferson disk
  • M-94
  • M-209
  • Reihenschieber
  • Scytale
Teleprinter:
  • 5-UCO
  • BID 770
  • DUDEK
  • KW-26
  • KW-37
  • Lorenz SZ 40/42
  • Siemens and Halske T52
Secure voice:
  • BID 150
  • FASCINATOR
  • KY-3
  • KY-57
  • KY-58
  • KY-68
  • OMNI
  • SCIP
  • Sectéra Secure Module
  • SIGSALY
  • STE
  • STU-II
  • STU-III
  • VINSON
Miscellaneous:
  • JADE
  • KG-84
  • KL-43
  • Noreen
  • PURPLE
  • Pinwheel
  • Rockex
Cryptography
  • History of cryptography
  • Cryptanalysis
  • Cryptography portal
  • Outline of cryptography
  • Symmetric-key algorithm
  • Block cipher
  • Stream cipher
  • Public-key cryptography
  • Cryptographic hash function
  • Message authentication code
  • Random numbers
  • Steganography


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