Northrop Grumman has introduced a new secure communications system (SCS) product at the Military Communications and Information Systems (MiLCIS) Conference in Canberra, Australia.

Called SCS-400, the product has been developed under a contract with the Australian Army for its secure communications mobile platforms – land (SCMP-L) programme.

Northrop Grumman Australia chief executive Ian Irving said: "This latest product, developed in Australia by Northrop Grumman’s M5 unit, is a game changer for secure communications.

"This latest product, developed in Australia by Northrop Grumman’s M5 unit, is a game changer for secure communications."

"We are pleased to deliver this indigenous capability to the Australian Army."

Weighing 15kg per module, the SCS-400 is a field-deployable system designed to provide deployed soldiers with secure connections to headquarters using commercially available connections, including 3G / 4G, high speed serial, BGan, Ethernet or WiFi, as well as external satellite.

Specifically, the system provides users simultaneous remote access to networks, ranging from highly classified to unclassified.

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The ruggedised system can support more than 150 deployed personnel with a self-healing, self-forming internet-protocol (IP) meshed network in hostile environments, and uses any available IP bearer to securely connect devices.

In addition to providing voice communications, the system’s easy-to-use and remotely configurable touchscreen interface allows users to quickly and easily operate secure email and other systems.

It is up to 30 times smaller than previous generations and has a range of in-built cyber-security measures that detect suspicious and malicious activity and unauthorised connections.

The SCS-400 has a modular design incorporating user-accessible expansion slots and internal PCI-e mini cards, which provide rapid incorporation of new technologies and system upgrades for a wide range of communication scenarios.

Defence Technology