16/10/2020

Viasat, AeroVironment Team to Develop Enhanced Encrypted Communications

Viasat, AeroVironment Team to Develop Enhanced Type 1 Encrypted Communications Capabilities for U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems – link

Source: sUAS News

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  • Viasat Inc. and AeroVironment announced they will collaborate on a contract awarded under the U.S. Army Reconfigurable Communications for Small Unmanned Systems (RCSUS) initiative 
  • The project will provide U.S. military customers flying small UAS platforms the ability to deploy a robust, on-demand, highly secure communications network that will address the growing electronic warfare capabilities of peer and near-peer adversaries
  • Viasat is the prime contractor on the award and will work with AeroVironment to develop and demonstrate advanced, encrypted communications suitable for AeroVironment’s portable, hand-launched Puma AE tactical UAS
  • The two companies will seek to strengthen the communications and transmission security of AeroVironment’s Digital Data Link (DDL) radios currently used by the U.S. Army by converting them into a Type 1 crypto communication system for video and data transmission
  • In addition, Viasat and AeroVironment will develop critical interoperability standards for enabling UAS to generate a secure, digitally encrypted communications network—for protecting classified data and improving waveform performance in jamming environments—via the embedded DDL waveform. They will also create a standardized communications architecture that will allow UAS to access spectrum quickly and easily, especially when operating in contested environments
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