General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd. Selects ViaSat To Protect Sensitive Mission Data and Intelligence on Scout SV

General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd. Selects ViaSat To Protect Sensitive Mission Data and Intelligence on Scout SV

2012-03-06 -

Encrypted data storage systems will secure over 6TB of sensitive data on British Army’s new ground-based ISTAR platform

Carlsbad, Calif.  – ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) has been selected by General Dynamics UK Ltd. to design and develop the on-board encrypted data storage systems for the Scout Specialist Vehicles (SV), scheduled to begin trials with the British Army in January 2013. The ViaSat systems will ensure that mission and communications system data is fully protected, meaning that the ground-based ISTAR platform can securely capture, analyse, store, and share over six terabytes of intelligence data.

“Data is the most important weapon of the 21st century battlefield,” said Chris McIntosh, CEO of ViaSat UK. “Given Scout’s role as an ISTAR platform, being able to guarantee that sensitive mission and communications data is not at risk in the event of loss or capture is essential. By combining our UK government-accredited hardware encryption technology with experience gained in other highly successful air and ground vehicle projects we can help provide peace of mind for those using the Scout SV that their data is not at risk.”

ViaSat has developed the only hardware based data encryption technology that is CAPS approved by CESG, the accreditation arm of the UK government, for the protection of Top Secret data at rest.[1] By customising this technology it can provide a system suited to the needs of the Scout SV. To help ensure the long-term viability of the platform, the Specialist Vehicle Encryption and Purge Solution will be modular, able to be switched out as needed, and can be upgraded together with the Scout SV open, scalable electronic architecture.

The system also includes purge controls to delete data encryption keys, making data irrecoverable in the event of enemy capture without having to expend extra time and resources on its destruction. The storage system has been designed to form the basis of future Scout SV variants and other vehicle programmes, thus reducing the requirement and risks for UK development expenditure.

“The UK armed forces are facing an ongoing challenge: reducing costs while also ensuring they have the capability and security they need,” continued McIntosh. “Platforms such as Scout SV will form an important part of meeting this challenge by allowing continuous upgrades over the system lifespan.”

About General Dynamics
General Dynamics UK Limited is a leading prime contractor and complex systems integrator working in partnership with government, military, and civil forces and private companies around the world. The company has 49 years experience in technical leadership, manufacturing expertise and prime contract management skills to deliver C4I communications solutions, Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) technology, security systems for critical national infrastructure and deployable infrastructure.
 
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements that refer to the expected dates to begin trials and future storage system requirements. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the defense industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat’smost recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakesno obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.


[1] when deployed and operated in accordance with appropriate policy and guidance

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