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U.S. NAVY LEVERAGES WORKFORCE; DELIVERS C-ISR CAPABILITY RAPIDLY TO SURFACE FLEET
Thursday, February 20, 2020
ARLINGTON -- The U.S. Navy recently installed the first Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN), a laser weapon system that allows a ship to counter unmanned aerial systems. The first system was installed on the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), during her recently completed Dry-Docking Selected Restricted Availability.

ODIN's development, testing and production was done by Navy subject matter experts at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division in support of Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems. Their work on the laser weapon system known as LaWS, positioned them to be designated as the design and production agent for ODIN.

During his recent visit on USS Dewey, Mr. James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research development and acquisition (ASN (RDA)) was impressed with the rapid progress made by the team. Geurts stated, "This is a great example of our organic talent at the warfare centers all working together with ship's company to deliver a system which will provide game-changing capability. Bravo Zulu to the entire ODIN team on being mission-focused and delivering lethal capability to the warfighter."

Going from an approved idea to installation in two and a half years, ODIN's install on Dewey will be the first operational employment of the stand-alone system that functions as a dazzler. The system allows the Navy to rapidly deploy an important, new capability to the Navy's surface force in combating UAS threats.

UAS production and employment has increased significantly, and ODIN was developed to counter these threats.

"The Pacific Fleet Commander identified this urgent Counter-Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance need and the Chief of Naval Operations directed us to fill it as quickly as possible," said Cmdr. David Wolfe, Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems Directed Energy office. "The NSWC Dahlgren Division team did an amazing job addressing challenges and keeping our accelerated schedule on track and moving forward to deliver this capability."

Within the next couple of years, the ODIN program will have all units operational within the fleet providing a safer and more technically advanced capability to the US Navy. Lessons learned from ODIN's installation on Dewey will inform installation on future vessels and further development and implementation of Surface Navy Laser Weapon Systems.

Source:  U.S. Navy
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LOCKHEED MARTIN AND GUARDTIME FEDERAL JOIN FORCES TO THWART SOFTWARE CYBER THREATS
Friday, February 21, 2020
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Lockheed Martin and Guardtime Federal are working together to mitigate cyber threats across Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' software supply chain by integrating immutable digital integrity into architecture supporting research, design, development, manufacturing, integration and sustainment of its advanced products and services.

Through the long-term agreement, the team envisions integrating the aerospace community's first mathematically verifiable end-to-end integrity check from the external software supply chain, through the development process and all the way to verification on delivered military systems. This digital transformation initiative will mitigate cyber threats across the software supply chain using KSIĀ® blockchain signatures.

Beyond the software development supply chain, the agreement also enables KSI integration into the architecture of large-scale digitally directed manufacturing equipment to deter and detect any unauthorized residuals from third party routine maintenance actions. The desired end state is an advanced high integrity aerospace digital supply chain.

Source:  lockheedmartin.com
Associated URL: www.guardtime-federal.com

 
ROHDE & SCHWARZ ROLLS OUT REMOTE CONTROL & MONITORING SYSTEM II FOR GERMAN DFS
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
MUNICH -- Rohde & Schwarz announced the completing of its roll out of its remote control and monitoring system (R&S RCMS II) for the German Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH.

DFS now operates more than 4000 Rohde & Schwarz radios in about 100 stations all over Germany. As a part of its efforts to optimize maintenance and to simplify operations, DFS requested a central management and monitoring system for the radios, as well as peripheral components, such as network switches. With the finalization of this project, Rohde & Schwarz enabled DFS to remotely manage and monitor not only the largest installation of R&S Series 4200 radios, but also various other system components in civil air traffic communications.

"The new Rohde & Schwarz solution is a significant upgrade in comparison to our previous system, which only offered Simple Network Management Protocol [SNMP] functionality," explained Ralf Bertsch, Director Systems and Infrastructure Services, DFS. "We are excited about the comprehensive functionality of R&S RCMS II, as it offers us seamless remote control and monitoring of the nationwide radio infrastructure."

"R&S RCMS II is a cornerstone of our CERTIUM advanced communication suite solution," continued Constantin von Reden, Vice President Market Segment ATC, Rohde & Schwarz. "It allows to monitor Rohde & Schwarz radios, R&S VCS-4G components and third party devices. It can easily be adapted when air traffic control operators need to expand their communications systems. The responsible engineering or maintenance user benefits from an enhanced situational awareness of the overall communications system in real time."

R&S RCMS II enables engineering staff of ATC systems to monitor Rohde & Schwarz radios, R&S VCS-4G devices and other Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) capable components, like network routers and switches, from one or more locations. This scalable software can easily be configured for customer-specific ATC systems. By using commercial off the shelf (COTS) computer hardware and existing network infrastructure, the required capital expenditures and operational costs can be kept to a minimum. R&S RCMS II is a central part of the advanced ATC communications suite called CERTIUM, which Rohde & Schwarz will launch at the World ATM Congress in March this year.

Source:  Rohde & Schwarz

 

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