Arqit and Northrop Grumman UK sign quantum encryption collaboration agreement

Posted on 2 June, 2021 by Advance 

Quantum encryption company, Arqit, has signed a collaboration agreement with Northrop Grumman in the UK.

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Through the collaboration, Arqit, which is developing end-to-end quantum encryption using satellite distribution, will work with Northrop Grumman to develop and understand this novel technology for potential use in defence and national security settings.

The collaboration work programme has already begun in order to assess technological possibilities. The next phase of the collaboration agreement is to assess technical performance on project applications, to be agreed to as early as next month.

Arqit Founder, David Williams, said: "Northrop Grumman is an important and respected supplier in aerospace, satellite technology and mission critical cyber solutions – on both sides of the Atlantic. The partnership will rapidly accelerate the delivery of products to government and defence end-users across the 5 Eyes territories."

Nick Chaffey, Chief Executive of Northrop Grumman UK, Europe and Middle East said: "Working with advanced and highly innovative British technology companies like Arqit is central to our UK partnership strategy. Leveraging our US expertise related to market access for quantum encryption technology has the potential to add significant value to our customer solutions."