ViaSat to equip UK Army’s Scout vehicles with encrypted data storage system

21 July 2015 (Last Updated July 21st, 2015 18:30)

ViaSat UK has received a contract to provide encrypted data storage system for the UK Army's Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) programme.

ViaSat UK has received a contract to provide encrypted data storage system for the UK Army's Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) programme.

Under the £3.8m contract, the company will supply the bespoke systems to protect sensitive mission data and intelligence on 589 armoured fighting vehicles.

Specifically, the system will ensure that sensitive mission data and intelligence stored on and gathered by Scout SV platforms will not be put at risk, irrespective of the circumstances encountered by the vehicles.

In addition, the advanced combustible cartridge case incorporates a relocated skive joint placement that improves armour crew safety during handling.

Viasat UK CEO Chris McIntosh said: "This contract reflects ViaSat's capabilities in providing state of the art government-accredited encryption technology.

"Our experience providing secure systems to programmes including the Lynx Wildcat helicopter and Watchkeeper Remotely Piloted Air System has stood us in good stead for ensuring that sensitive information remains safe."

"The secure data storage system provides modular technology that can be upgraded as needed to ensure that Scout SV has modern, up-to-date capabilities."

ViaSat's encrypted data storage system has been derived from its CAPS-accredited data encryption, which is claimed to be the only hardware-based encryption technology that is certified to protect top-secret data at rest by CESG, the accreditation arm of the UK Government.

McIntosh said: "The secure data storage system provides modular technology that can be upgraded as needed to ensure that Scout SV has modern, up-to-date capabilities across its entire lifespan.

"By taking this approach, we can help ensure that any future Scout SV variants, as well as other vehicle programs, have the information assurance security they need whilst also reducing investment risks for UK military procurement."

ViaSat will start equipping the vehicles from 2017 and plans to complete the work in 2024.

In September 2014, General Dynamics UK received a £3.5bn contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver Scout SV platforms to provide an essential armoured vehicle capability for the UK Army.

The company will supply six variants, including Scout reconnaissance, protected mobility reconnaissance support, command and control, engineering reconnaissance, repair, and recovery vehicle.

The vehicles are scheduled to provide enhanced protection and survivability, reliability and mobility and all-weather intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance capabilities.