Approved (Grant-Eligible) Equipment

Approved (Grant-Eligible) Equipment

It has come to our attention that some local jurisdictions intending to purchase P25 CAP Compliant radios have instead been purchasing radios with a privacy voice non-standard algorithm, without the required AES-256 standard encryption, making those radios not P25 CAP compliant and, therefore, not eligible for Federal grant funding. Please be aware that compliance with P25 CAP requirements means radios must:

  1. Have no encryption;
  2. Have AES 256 (for U.S. agencies only); or
  3. Have AES 256 along with any other non-standard encryption algorithms. 

If your jurisdiction has purchased a radio, after March 2017, that was intended to be P25 CAP Compliant or that was purchased with Federal grant funds and there is any doubt whether that radio meets one of the three conditions listed above, DHS encourages you to contact your manufacturer to confirm or take remedial action.  For more information on this topic, please see the 2017 Encryption Requirements Compliance Assessment Bulletin and the posted letters on the subject supplied by the manufacturers.

Manufacturers should be cognizant that radios that do not meet DHS published Encryption Requirements are not P25 CAP compliant and may not be eligible for Federal grant funding. 

Encryption Requirements

The P25 stakeholder community had frequently raised the issue of manufacturers continually providing non-P25 standard encryption algorithms that ultimately would cause interoperability issues with neighboring agencies who were using P25 standard AES 256 encryption. The key concern was the potential impact non-standard encryption has on interoperability. To sum it up, when first responders from different jurisdictions use subscribers from different vendors but are not using the standards-based and P25 CAP approved AES 256 encryption, it is very possible successful and secure communications will not occur, thereby inhibiting interoperability. However, if a subscriber unit would provide the standards-based encryption (AES 256) at a minimum in addition to non-standards based encryption, users can then always use standards-based encryption during a mutual aid scenario or situations where users have different subscriber vendors/models and have a need to operate in an encrypted mode. P25 CAP sought to reach the point where the end user, who is seeking encryption, could be assured that the subscriber unit includes user access to that AES 256 encryption algorithm.

DHS S&T, with permission from each manufacturer, is making the correspondence received available. The manufacturers’ correspondence explains, in each manufacturer’s own words, the process each manufacturer is using to bring its equipment into compliance with the Encryption Requirements CAB and the process each manufacturer's customers would follow to ensure the equipment they are going to purchase or have already purchased would be or would be made P25 CAP Compliant.

Equipment Testing Deadlines

March 6, 2018 - DHS OIC announces 2016/2017 CAI CAB Testing Requirements Timelines. | March 15, 2018 - Only equipment requested by vendors will remain on website. | April 30, 2018 - Remove non-508 compliant documentation, as well as equipment not meeting 2016/2017 CAI CAB testing requirements. | June 30, 2018 - Only equipment that has been tested to 2016/2017 CAI CAB requirements will remain on website. All other equipment will be removed from "Approved (Grant-Eligible) Equipment List." | September 30, 2018 - Deadline for P25 CAP Recognized Labs to receive accreditation for 2017 TDMA Testing. | March 31, 2019 - Deadline for completing 2017 CAI CAB testing for TDMA-capable equipment.

Equipment Testing Deadlines Status

Manufacturers who have submitted up-to-date CAI CAB Requirements documentation:

  • Airbus
  • BK Technologies
  • Codan
  • EF Johnson Technologies
  • GME / Standard Communications Pty Ltd.
  • ICOM
  • JVCKENWOOD
  • L3Harris
  • Leonardo Security and Information Systems
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Radio Activity
  • Tait Communications
  • Unication

Manufacturers who have not yet submitted up-to-date CAI CAB Requirements documentation:

  • PowerTrunk

Manufacturers who have decided to end participation in P25 CAP as of March 31, 2019. Equipment from these manufacturers is no longer considered P25 CAP Compliant.

  • RCA
  • Simoco

CAP Test Documentation (STR and SDOCs)

The filters below can be used to search for P25 CAP Test documentation for equipment tested.

Supplier Equipment Name:sort descending Equipment Type:
Airbus Airbus TB5500i Project 25 Phase 1 Trunked Base Station/Repeater
BK Technologies BK Technologies KNG-KNG2-P150 Portable Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
BK Technologies BK Technologies KNG-KNG2-P400 Portable Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
BK Technologies BK Technologies KNG-KNG2-P500 Portable Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
BK Technologies BK Technologies KNG-KNG2-P800 Portable Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
BK Technologies BK Technologies KNG-M150 Mobile Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
BK Technologies BK Technologies KNG-M400 Mobile Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
BK Technologies BK Technologies KNG-M500 Mobile Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
BK Technologies BK Technologies KNG-M800 Mobile Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
Codan Radio Communications Codan Radio Communications MT-4E Base Repeater Project 25 Phase 1 Conventional Base Station/Repeater
Codan Radio Communications Codan Radio Communications MT-4E Receiver (768-776 MHz) Project 25 Phase 1 Conventional Base Station/Repeater
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson 4500 700/800 Repeater Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Base Station/Repeater
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson 4500 UHF Repeater Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Base Station/Repeater
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson 4500 VHF Repeater Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Base Station/Repeater
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson VM5000 Mobile Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson VM600 Mobile Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson VM6000 Mobile Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson VM7000 Mobile Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson VM900 Mobile Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson VP5000 Portable Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson VP600 Portable Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson VP6000 Portable Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
EF Johnson Technologies EF Johnson VP900 Portable Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1/2 Trunked Subscriber Unit
GME GME CM60-U25B Mobile Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1 Trunked Subscriber Unit
GME GME CM60-UL25B Mobile Subscriber Project 25 Phase 1 Trunked Subscriber Unit

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