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Military | Force Protection

Elbit Systems wins $40M C4ISR contract with Brazilian Marine Corps

HAIFA, Israel May 10, 2017 Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT) ( "Elbit Systems") announced today that it was awarded a contract from the Brazilian Marine Corps ("BMC") for the supply of advanced C4ISR, Electronic Warfare (EW), radio and communication systems. The contract, in an amount, of approximately $40 million, will be performed over a two-year period.

The contract calls for the supply of cutting-edge technologies and operational capabilities, including a variety of Battle Management Systems (BMS) applications, C4I systems for artillery, latest generation of Soldier C4I suit as well as advanced EW capabilities. The systems will be deployed in fixed and deployed command centers and in vehicles/APCs and dismounted configurations, aiming to significantly enhance Marine Forces' operational effectiveness, and aligning the BMC with the most modern NCW (Network Centric Warfare) concept.

Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land & C4I Division, said: "We are proud of this important modernization contract, providing the BMC - an important branch in the Brazilian Armed Forces - with major core systems. Elbit Systems is a global leader in the fields of C4ISR, EW, radio and communications, and our systems are based on decades of operational use, combat proven by many customers worldwide. I trust that this unique solution will lead to other projects with the BMC, as well as with other customers."

About Elbit Systems  

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems.com follow us on Twitter or visit our official Youtube Channel.

General Dynamics completes successful test of 'Long Shot' 4G tactical network

CAMP PENDLETON, CA May 10, 2017 A General Dynamics Mission Systems engineering team successfully streamed video 62 miles between two tactical antennas on April 20 during the Marine Corps-sponsored Ship-to-Shore Maneuver, Exploration and Experimentation (S2ME2) Task Force Demonstration at Camp Pendleton. The engineering team participated in the event through a cooperative research and development agreement with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.

Dubbed the "Long Shot," the purpose of the internally funded research and development project was to show the viability of a 4G tactical network capable of providing broadband communications over the ocean in a satellite denied or degraded environment.

By leveraging commercial off-the-shelf technologies to provide these capabilities to the warfighter, Mission Systems is playing a leading role in the evolution of mobile tactical communications," said Bill Weiss, vice president and general manager of the Ground Systems Line of Business at General Dynamics Mission Systems. "This capability will increase the ability of Navy and Marine Corps to influence littoral regions worldwide."

The successful test was completed between San Clemente, off the coast of southern California, and Red Beach at Camp Pendleton, just north of San Diego. The demonstration involved a streaming video transmission 62 miles from an antenna mounted on a mobile tower on San Clemente Island (representing a an aerostat deployment from a ship at sea or within a sea base) to a tactically deployed antenna at Red Beach.

The "Long Shot" capability doubles the distance of existing legacy line of sight communications while simultaneously providing increased bandwidth for streaming video. This allows naval task forces to position sea bases over the horizon, thus limiting line of sight targeting options of potential adversaries during a conflict. Additionally, it supports naval task force communications in a satellite denied or degraded environment.

The new capability will use a similar architecture as today's commercial networks and is an example of leveraging commercial technology to solve a military operational need. The system will be able to bridge to civilian networks as necessary.

The S2ME2 Task Force Demonstration provides warfighters the opportunity to assess the operational utility of emerging technical and engineering innovations in amphibious warfare concepts of operations. General Dynamics will demonstrate this capability to the Navy and Marine Corps at additional events in 2017.

General Dynamics Mission Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). For more information about General Dynamics Mission Systems, please visit gdmissionsystems.com and follow us on Twitter @GDMS.

Report: Cyber attacks on government sites rose sharply in past year

Gyde

NEW YORK May 8, 2017 New research reveals that cyberattacks on the government sector doubled in 2016, hiking to 14 percent from seven percent of all cybersecurity attacks in 2015. Attacks on the finance sector also rose dramatically from just three percent in 2015 to 14 percent of all attacks in 2016.

The manufacturing sector came in at third place at 13 percent, while the retail sector, which topped the list of all cybersecurity attacks on all sectors in 2015 moved down into fourth place (11 percent).

This is according to Dimension Data’s Executive’s Guide to the NTT Security 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report, which was compiled from data collected by NTT Security and other NTT operating companies including Dimension Data, from the networks of 10,000 clients across five continents, 3.5 trillion security logs, 6.2 billion attempted attacks, and global honeypots and sandboxes located in over 100 different countries.

The report pinpoints several global geo-political events which could have contributed to the government sector being a cybersecurity attack target. These include:

  • the U.S. presidential election campaign
  • a new U.S. administration with a more aggressive stance toward China and North Korea
  • China adopting a more aggressive policy stance in securing its vital ‘core interests
  • U.S. and European Union-led economic sanctions against Russia
  • Russian state-sponsored actors continuing cyber operations against Western targets
  • growing negative sentiment in the Middle East against the West’s aggression towards Syria

Matthew Gyde, Dimension Data’s Group Executive – Security said, “Governments all over the world are constantly under the threat of sophisticated attacks launched by rival nation-states, terrorist groups, hacktivists and cybercriminals. That’s because government agencies hold vast amounts of sensitive information – from personnel records, budgetary data and sensitive communications to intelligence findings. What’s interesting is that this year we saw numerous incidents involving insider threats.”

Commenting on the financial services industry, Gyde said the ongoing attacks in the financial services industry is no surprise. “These organizations have large amounts of digital assets and sensitive customer data. Gaining access to them enables cybercriminals to monetize personally identifiable information and credit card data in the underground economy.”

Other highlights in the report are:

  • Sixty-three percent of all cyberattacks originated from IP addresses in the U.S., followed by the U.K. (four percent), and China (three percent). The U.S. is the predominant location of cloud-hosted infrastructure globally. Threat actors often utilize public cloud to orchestrate attacks due to the low cost and stability of this infrastructure.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) and operating technology (OT) devices must be considered as both a potential source and target of attack. Of the IoT attacks detected in 2016, some 66 percent were attempting to discover specific devices such as a particular model of video camera, three percent were seeking a web server or other type of server, while two percent were attempting to attack a database.
  • The top cybersecurity threats facing digital businesses are phishing, social engineering and ransomware; business email compromise; IoT and distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks; and attacks targeting end-users.

Click here to download Dimension Data’s Executive’s Guide to the 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report.

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About Dimension Data

Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group. Visit us at http://www.dimensiondata.com/en-US, like us on www.facebook.com/DimensionDataAmericas or follow us @DimensionDataAM.

UL receives DARPA grant to examine challenges facing IoT gateways

Stegall

NORTHBROOK, IL May 10, 2017 UL, a global safety science organization, has received a grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for cybersecurity testing of Internet of Things (IoT) gateways for industrial control system (ICS) applications to help mitigate security risks.

The advent of the IoT and the invaluable use of data from industrial control systems have created demand for the use of ICS IoT gateways.  While valuable, the implementation of a gateway connecting different technologies and bridging an ICS environment to the Internet can lead to significant cybersecurity challenges.

In addition to bridging interconnectivity between heterogeneous systems, an embedded control gateway can also offer shared processing resources, processing and database management including real-time monitoring, and remediation once an intrusion is detected.

As a result of receiving the DARPA grant, UL will identify the main areas of an industrial IoT gateway affecting the cybersecurity of an ICS as well as the data that traverses the gateway outside the ICS system.  Additionally, UL will develop a test methodology and a security profile to assess security requirements with the intent of providing technical protocols necessary for designing, building, testing, and procuring secure IoT embedded control gateways. This process is to be designed with flexibility for user-defined remediation techniques and recommended approaches to mitigate security issues, resulting in a more robust product.

This testing will add to the arsenal of tools available to help manufacturers increase their security awareness, as well as help asset owners manage risk, unplanned downtime and reduce costly harm to assets.

"Being proactive in addressing cybersecurity challenges for IoT emerging technologies enables the progression of sophisticated capabilities through system interconnectivity," states Rachna Stegall, director of connected technologies at UL. "UL is at the forefront of enabling safe innovation, and this grant allows us to extend our reach and into an emerging area of risk."

IoT gateways with connectivity into ICS, process control systems and distributed control systems in critical infrastructure will have a significant impact on the national security of these inherent systems if the gateways do not have a process to identify and address security risks. A gap can allow major intrusions into these networks without detection, permitting malicious intent to lay dormant for some time until initiated to take action by bad actors. Defining a good process to evaluate and test IoT gateways with recommendations on design and development can help to alleviate these issues.

About UL

UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. The UL Mark engenders trust enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. We test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise and train and we support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability. To learn more about us, visit UL.com.

Forum Systems to host exhibit at upcoming AFCEA cyber conference

Forum Systems announced on Wednesday that it will be exhibiting at AFCEA’s upcoming Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium.

The conference will be held June 13-15 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. The symposium provides an ethical forum where government and industry will focus on “Connect and Protect.” Participants will discuss requirements and solutions to ensure that the networks within DoD are adaptive, resilient and effective across a range of uses and against diverse threats. Leveraging innovative technology, advancing cybersecurity and building new relationships.

Forum Systems is the global leader in API Security Management. For more than 15 years, the company’s industry-certified, patented API Security Gateway technology has been deployed in the most rigorous and demanding customer environments worldwide. Providing centralized security, identity and integration for API communications, the Forum Sentry API Security Gateway enables enterprises and government organizations to manage complex API strategies in an efficient, agile, highly secure manner. With a 100% deployment success rate, Forum Sentry processes and secures more than 10 billion transactions per day for U.S. federal agencies, foreign governments and agencies, and global enterprises in the financial services, energy, telecommunications, healthcare and transportation industries. Architected on “security-first” design principles, Forum Sentry delivers unparalleled protection against modern API vulnerabilities and is the industry’s only FIPS 140-2 and NIAP NDPP-certified API Security Gateway for enabling secure connectivity between users, applications and the cloud. For more information, please visit www.forumsys.com.

Coast Guard cutter first to carry drone for entire length of deployment

BINGEN, WA May 8, 2017 When the Coast Guard Cutter STRATTON left its home port in Alameda, Calif., earlier this year, it was the first U.S. Coast Guard cutter to deploy fully equipped with a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) for an entire patrol. That sUAS was ScanEagle, and by the end of the deployment, the aircraft had directly assisted the STRATTON crew with conducting four interdictions, seizing more than 1,676 kilograms of illicit contraband valued at $55 million and apprehending ten suspected drug traffickers.

During the six-week deployment in the eastern Pacific Ocean, ScanEagle flew 39 sorties for a total of 279 hours, including one operation where the aircraft provided persistent surveillance for 22.7 flight hours in a 24-hour period. ScanEagle was equipped with multiple sensors including electro-optic, thermal and telescope cameras that delivered a range of aerial imagery to the STRATTON crew and decision makers, enabling them to better execute real-time actionable intelligence. The information ScanEagle provided will assist with prosecution efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice.

"We are proud to celebrate the great success of this first deployment, and thank these brave men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard for the work they do to keep our nation and our global waters safe," said Ryan M. Hartman, Insitu's president and CEO.

The CGC STRATTON deployment is the first under Insitu's June 2016 contract award to provide UAS ISR services aboard one Coast Guard national security cutter. Last month, the Coast Guard released a draft request for proposal to procure sUAS capabilities for its entire national security cutter fleet.

About Insitu:

Insitu is an industry-leading provider of information for superior decision making. With offices in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, the company creates and supports unmanned systems and software technology that deliver end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing and disseminating information. We proudly serve the diverse needs of our global customers in the defense, government and commercial industries. To date, our systems have accumulated more than 975,000 flight hours and 120,000 sorties. Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.

For more information, visit insitu.com. Follow us on Vimeo, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Harris wins $90M tactical radio contract with European government

Young

ROCHESTER, NY May 9, 2017 Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has received contracts valued at a total of $90 million from a European nation for tactical radios as part of the country’s communications readiness program. The contracts were received during the third quarter of Harris’ fiscal 2017.

The contracts include the company’s Falcon II® AN/PRC-150C, which provides beyond line-of-sight communications and assured communications in a satellite-denied environment, and the Falcon III® AN/PRC-152A that provides wideband voice and data capability for enhanced situational awareness. The combination of the two radio systems will increase readiness and allow for full interoperability with U.S., NATO and coalition forces.

“Harris is committed to supporting this nation’s readiness effort with solutions that deliver expanded and reliable communications for the modern battlefield,” said Chris Young, president, Harris Communication Systems.

About Harris Corporation

Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems and Electronic Systems. Learn more at harris.com.

Latest Milrem unmanned ground vehicle on display at XPONENTIAL

DALLAS May 9, 2017 Unmanned systems technology innovator Milrem fills the markets need for a fully customizable unmanned ground vehicle with its open architecture UGV THeMIS.

The THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System) features a diesel-electric hybrid drive, has a payload of 750kg/1650lbs and a top speed of 24km/h / 15mph. However, its most innovative feature is the ability for rapid configuration that allows it to take the form of several mission specific solutions.

The multipurpose vehicle can serve as a transportation platform carrying a squad’s gear, a remote weapon station equipped with small or large caliber weapons, IED detection and disposal platform and much more.

The UGV was launched last October in cooperation with QinetiQ North America. The joint product has been equipped with QNA's UGV control technology - the Tactical Robot Controller (TRC) and Robotic Appliqué Kit (RAK). This vehicle, codenamed Titan, is aimed at the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) program initiated by the US Army. It will be exhibited during AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 in Dallas this week.

The UGV has been developed meeting requirements detailed in the Army’s Robotic and Autonomous Systems Strategy. “It will significantly reduce warfighter workload, serve as a force multiplier and increase situational awareness,” explained Kuldar Väärsi, the CEO of Milrem.

The vehicle has also been developed for the commercial sector aimed at industries such as mining, mobile off-road mapping, search and rescue etc.

For more information about the THeMIS, please visit Milrem’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/milrem.

About Milrem

Milrem is an Estonian technology solutions provider specializing in military and commercial engineering, repair and maintenance. The company’s two main lines of business include the research and development of unmanned vehicles and repair and maintenance of heavy-duty military vehicles.

Morphix Technologies to showcase detection solutions at upcoming special operations expo

Pricenski

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA Morphix Technologies®, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, will be exhibiting its TraceX® Explosives Detection Kit and its Chameleon® Chemical Detection Armband in Booth #1912 at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), to be held May 15-18, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

SOFIC is the premier venue for the special forces community to interact with industry and to collaborate on the challenges, initiatives and way-ahead in delivering the most cutting-edge capabilities into the hands of Special Operations Forces (SOF) operators.

“We are so humbled to serve the SOF community and all of our military and first responders. We look forward to participating at SOFIC to learn more about their chemical and explosive detection needs and how our TraceX Explosives Detection Kit and Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband is helping to solve those needs, can keep them safe and allow them to better perform their duties,” said Kimberly Pricenski, vice president of sales and marketing for Morphix Technologies.

The TraceX Explosives Detection Kit is designed to help identify bombers, bomb-makers and their bomb-making facilities. This inexpensive kit can fit into a pocket and once deployed can detect most common explosive materials and their precursors at trace levels in a single test.

The Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband is an easy-to-use, inexpensive, wearable, reusable armband that can hold up to 10 cassettes, each of which detects a particular toxic chemical and changes color upon detection. It has been approved by the U.S. SAFETY Act of the Department of Homeland Security as an anti-terrorist technology.

If you’d like to receive more information on the Chameleon or TraceX, please contact Morphix Technologies toll-free at 800-808-2234 or locally at 757-431-2260. You can also email [email protected]

Visit the website at www.morphtec.com to learn more or join the ongoing conversation on Facebook.

About Morphix Technologies®:

Morphix Technologies®, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company creating and manufacturing products that detect invisible dangers in order to save lives. Morphix Technologies® has taken innovation to the next level with high-quality, easy-to-use, cost effective and simple colorimetric sensor technology for military, law enforcement, first responders, emergency, homeland security and industrial personnel. http://www.morphtec.com/

Israeli defense receives dozens of mobile satellite systems from Elbit Systems

HAIFA, Israel, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT; TASE: ESLT) ( "Elbit Systems") has announced today that it was awarded a contract to provide the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) with dozens of satellite-on-the-move (SOTM) systems. The contract is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems and will be performed over a two-year period.

The ELSAT 2100 SOTM family of systems allows high data rate broadband capabilities to be available to land vehicles on the move. The systems can be installed on a variety of platforms and are unique in their small footprint and its advanced tracking capabilities, providing seamless communication even in difficult terrain. This solution allows on-the-move data communication anywhere, anytime, based on utilizing various communication satellites.

 

Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land and C4I Division, commented: "The SOTM contract is an important milestone in our military communication activity on the whole and in the satellite communication activity in particular. The Israeli Defense Forces is an innovative technologically advanced military, and I trust that additional customers will follow and select our systems. The modern battlefield requires very reliable capabilities of high rate data transfer anytime, anywhere, and our SOTM communication solution meets this requirement."

About Elbit Systems  

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems.com , follow us on Twitter or visit our official Youtube Channel.

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