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11 Sep 23. UK MoD Procures $8m of Troposcatter COMET Systems for 3 (UK) Division. Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, a specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, announces the procurement by UK MoD of Troposcatter Compact Over-the horizon Mobile Expeditionary Terminal (COMET) systems and a comprehensive spares support package for 7 Signal Group and use by the UK’s strategic land warfare asset 3 (UK) Division. As announced in September 2019, Spectra Group is the UK and NATO distributor for Troposcatter on behalf of US company Comtech Systems Inc. Spectra Group have been working closely with UK MoD and their strategic capability teams to better understand the increasing demands for greater range, bandwidth and data capacity to connect strategic and operational headquarters while deployed on operations. More recently they have been involved in detailed discussions, capability demonstrations and various agile command and control experiments to prove the benefits of using their Troposcatter technology, which has resulted in this $8 m order for 3 (UK) Division. This purchase, via the NATO catalogue, is an excellent example of how the MoD can quickly deliver critical capability required by frontline troops using the Rapid Acquisition Team methodology and reinforces CGS’s aspiration to use technology to remain agile and be ready for the next conflict not the last.
Troposcatter is a small, lightweight and high-bandwidth data link that uses the Troposphere to provide its communication network. It is independent of satellites and works in a GPS/GNSS denied environment, so is suitable for use in a Peer-on-Peer conflict and to support multi-domain integration, including pan-government and with allies. It has very low latency and can provide wide bandwidth, enabling analysis and manipulation of large data, which combined with its high mobility makes it suitable for large, deployed HQs – such as those in 3 (UK) Div – and for more mobile battlegroups or even down to company headquarters. Unlike geostationary satellites, it is effective in polar regions and because it is directional, uses low power and has complex waveforms it is difficult to detect and is highly suitable for many of the challenges faced by UK Defence and NATO today.
Simon Davies, Chief Executive at Spectra Group said: “The Troposcatter COMET is a lightweight and easily deployable system that is operationally proven to meet the demands of warfighting deployable headquarters at all levels. We are extremely pleased to have this technology deployed with the Royal Marines, HQ ARRC and now 3 (UK) Division all rapidly procured via the NCIA Catalogue, and this contract award helps us to create and sustain our UK skilled workforce at our facility in Herefordshire in line with the UK MoD’s MoD’s Land Industrial Strategy (LIS). I am pleased to say we are also receiving significant orders for this capability from other NATO countries, more news to follow.”
13 Sep 23. Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP): Advanced electronics partners zero in on joint project delivery set-up The three nations’ sensing and protection leads are close to agreeing a commercial and operating arrangement to deliver the new combat aircraft’s on-board electronics At the DSEI exhibition in London, the industry champions for defence electronics from the UK, Italy and Japan have announced that they are working towards agreeing a joint project delivery set-up for GCAP’s ISANKE & ICS domain (Integrated Sensing and Non-Kinetic Effects & Integrated Communications Systems). The companies, Leonardo UK representing the UK, Mitsubishi Electric representing Japan and both Leonardo and ELT Group representing Italy, are assessing a number of alternative operational and commercial models. The partners have identified that a joint project delivery set-up will be the most efficient and effective way of delivering the programme at pace, as well as ensuring freedom of action and modification for all three nations. This latest development follows the signing of an ISANKE & ICS domain collaboration agreement, announced in March, and moves the partners closer to the creation of a permanent industrial construct. To meet GCAP’s 2035 target, the partners agree that new ways of working will be required and have held intensive discussions to reevaluate legacy programme structures, infrastructure and performance metrics. The objective is to create a transformative new model of international business and technical collaboration that allows for progress at pace. ISANKE & ICS is the advanced electronics on-board the GCAP combat aircraft, providing the aircrew with mission-critical information and advanced self-protection capabilities. A core reason why the new GCAP combat aircraft is considered next generation, the new concept transitions from the traditional combat air model of separate airborne sensors to instead provide a fully integrated sensing, fusion and self-protection capability. At the same time, the integrated communications system will allow ISANKE to operate as a network across formations of crewed and uncrewed aircraft, as part of each nations’ wider, multi-domain system-of-systems. In addition to commercial discussions, over the last few months the domain partners have also made significant progress on the technical side of the programme, with the ISANKE & ICS subsystem passing a three nation systems review.
As well as virtual working, engineers from Leonardo, Mitsubishi Electric and ELT Group have come together in-person on multiple occasions as the domain has progressed towards the systems review stage. This key gate in the ongoing joint concept activity means that the partners have agreed on the high-level design of the ISANKE & ICS sub-system: what will the key blocks of the system be, where will they sit in the aircraft and what will they do. Passing this gate has provided more certainty for the direction of research and development work and supports the new combat aircraft going into service in 2035. At the same time, all of the partners have progressed the development of a number of critical underlying technologies, including in the fields of radar, electro-optics and electronic warfare. The collaboration has also laid the groundwork for aligning the firm’s 2 journeys of digital transformation as they prepare for more intensive joint engineering on across national borders in a secure manner. The ISANKE & ICS domain partners represent some of the most skilled and cutting-edge engineering work in their three respective countries. Together, the partners expect to inspire and train a new generation of engineers and businesspeople who will be able to meet the challenging requirements of the next 50 years and beyond in the defence sensing and communications domain.
12 Sep 23. Kromek Group plc (“Kromek” or the “Group”) Kromek detectors used in Spectrum Dynamics’ new SPECT/CT scanner Next generation scanner sets new standards in energy range, sensitivity and resolution Kromek (AIM: KMK), a leading developer of radiation and bio-detection technology solutions for the advanced imaging and CBRN detection segments, is pleased to announce that one of its key customers, Spectrum Dynamics Medical (“Spectrum Dynamics”), has introduced the latest addition to its next generation digital SPECT/CT imaging portfolio, the VERITON-CT 300, for higher energy imaging, using Kromek’s digital detectors. Based on Spectrum Dynamics’ digital SPECT/CT platform, the VERITON-CT 300 Series’ detector technology provides the benefits of increased sensitivity and throughput for Nuclear Medicine clinical applications capable of using imaging utilising up to 300 keV high-energy isotopes. This allows for greater procedure efficiency in most exam types, as well as simultaneous acquisition of multi-energy peak isotopes commonly used in theranostic imaging applications. A SPECT scan (single-photon emission computed tomography) is the technique of using nuclear medicine tomographic imaging techniques with gamma rays to provide detailed 3D functional images of the body. The SPECT/CT scanner combines the framework of the CT anatomic scan with the functional information provided by nuclear medicine imaging (SPECT scan). The images from each scan are then fused together providing highly accurate anatomical detail in 3D, allowing medical specialists to more accurately pinpoint the exact location of any abnormality. Cadmium zinc telluride (“CZT”) is transforming the detector technology used in medical imaging, leading to significantly shortened exam scan times, lower radiation dose to the patient, improved image quality and quantitative accuracy without compromise. Kromek’s high-performance digital detectors, combined with Spectrum’s 360-degree, wide-bore SPECT/CT scanner and its advanced image reconstruction algorithms, increase the energy range up to 300 keV to support the throughput demand of current and new emerging nuclear medicine clinical applications that set a new standard in patient care. The 300 Series digital detector technology sets new standards with a 2-4 times improvement in energy range, system sensitivity, and energy resolution.
These improvements will further shorten the scan times associated with current analogue or state-of-the-art digital technology. The VERITON-CT Series also eliminates the need for collimator replacement further streamlining and simplifying workflow for various procedure types. Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek Group, said: “We are delighted that our CZT detectors have been integrated into Spectrum Dynamics’ VERITON-CT 300 SPECT/CT systems. This enables enhanced image quality and breakthrough clinical capabilities in digital SPECT/CT. Spectrum Dynamics has long been at the forefront of developing next-generation SPECT/CT scanners to deliver better patient outcomes, and we are pleased to be part of this significant advance in nuclear medical imaging technology. There is real commercial momentum in this area, as companies continue to realise the significant benefits of CZT-based SPECT/CT systems, which is driving widespread adoption. As the only commercial independent global supplier of CZT, Kromek is well-placed to capitalise on this large market opportunity.” Gilad Yoeli, CEO of Spectrum Dynamics, added: “Clinical users across the world provide us with feedback on the Nuclear Medicine challenges they face. Providing the technology to address such challenges is what drives us. The increased sensitivity, improved energy resolution, and broader energy range of Kromek’s detector technology make it the right choice for our customers’ future imaging platforms. To better meet the current and future needs of SPECT imaging, Spectrum offers a full line of scanners, the 200 the 400 and now the 300, this offering allows nuclear medicine departments to base their entire scanner fleet on advanced digital detector technology.” Change of Name of Nominated Adviser and Broker The Group also announces that its Nominated Adviser and Broker has changed its name to Cavendish Capital Markets Limited following completion of its own corporate merger.
12 Sep 23. Blu Wireless Launches PhantomBlu for Next Generation 5G Tactical and MUM-T Communications. Company launches mmWave radio network device with omnidirectional coverage, multi-gigabit connectivity and low probability of detection (LPD) for mission communications. Blu Wireless, the leader in mmWave radio networking technology, today announces PhantomBlu, the first fully integrated LPD V-Band radio node which delivers 360° beamformed communications coverage. At DSEI 2023, Blu Wireless will showcase the dynamic mesh networking capabilities of PhantomBlu which enables point-to-point and multipoint connectivity and multi-gigabit data rates on land and at sea.
“Uniquely, PhantomBlu features 4 fully integrated radio units which provide 360° communications coverage and multi-gigabit connectivity, housed in one hardware platform that is extremely easy to set up and operate. It is the first tactical radio with this level of integration on the market,” comments Dr. David Purle, Chief Operating Officer, Blu Wireless.
Military networks require resilient connectivity across varying distances that can process tens of gigabits of ISR, C2 and sensor data efficiently and covertly. Previously, high bandwidth sensor data and video overwhelmed networking at the tactical edge, making anything other than voice and image files communication between command posts and military personnel on the battlefield difficult.
Blu Wireless’ PhantomBlu has been designed to deliver ultra-fast data rates, with 100 Mbits per second for line-of-sight distances and gigabit speeds at close-in range to the node.
Mesh networks deployed by PhantomBlu provide low probability of detection (LPD) and low probability of intercept (LPI). For ground forces, PhantomBlu enables a stealthy convoy bubble between tactical vehicles on the ground.
“We are delighted to be able to demonstrate the depth of our capabilities at DSEI with PhantomBlu. This next generation product presents a significant milestone in our ability to meet the requirements for stealthy, high-performance communications networks. We believe PhantomBlu will provide an advantage also through the ease of set up and flexibility – it only requires an ethernet interface,” said Macy Summers, President and CEO, Blu Wireless Inc.
To accompany PhantomBlu, Blu Wireless has developed mesh networking software that facilitates both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint connectivity for seamless mobility support without a single point of failure. This feature is critical for near-peer tactical operations – multiple strikes on a vehicle convoy or formation will not disable the local network. The dynamic mesh networking will enable autonomous, self-healing connections between any point without manual intervention. Mesh’s ‘daisy-chaining’ feature also facilitates connections beyond the originator’s line-of-sight, facilitating both airborne drone and terrestrial relays.
While PhantomBlu currently operates within V-Band spectrum, Blu Wireless is working to add functionality with W-Band transceivers to support even longer range, frequency diversity and increased data rate. Moreover, there is room for significant network application development due to its state-of-the-art Network Processing Unit (NPU) and operational compatibility with IEEE 6G standards.
See us at DSEI at stand H1-436, situated in the Future Tech Hub to see a demo of PhantomBlu in person.
12 Sep 23. Comtech Unveils New BRIDGE Solutions to Increase Access to Global Hybrid Connectivity. Comtech (NASDAQ: CMTL) today launched its new blended, resilient, integrated, digital, global, end-to-end (BRIDGE) connectivity solutions. Comtech’s BRIDGE solutions provide portable, adaptable, full-service communications networks that can be established in a matter of hours and help “bridge the gap” for traditional satellite and terrestrial infrastructures. Comtech’s BRIDGE solutions are designed to overcome geographical and environmental challenges to deliver robust and resilient connectivity to places where it was previously unavailable or overlooked. The company’s BRIDGE solutions are tailored to meet urgent needs of initial customer sets including emergency service providers, remote communities, military operators, and maritime customers.
“Our new BRIDGE connectivity solutions align with our mission to democratize access to communications technologies and empower a truly connected planet,” said Ken Peterman, President and CEO, Comtech. “As the name implies, Comtech’s BRIDGE solutions will play a significant role in bridging the digital divide and delivering connectivity to commercial and government customers when and where it matters most. BRIDGE provides a brand-new layer of connectivity that complements existing satellite and terrestrial services to keep people connected and help usher in a new era of unified hybrid network architectures that will enable always-on, ubiquitous global connectivity.”
Comtech’s BRIDGE solutions are designed to be infrastructure, cloud, and application agnostic-enabling new options for interoperable connectivity services and applications in the world’s most challenging geographies. With Comtech’s software-defined technology embedded at the core, BRIDGE solutions can continuously evolve over time to meet emerging government and commercial use cases as well as support future smart-enabled networks across a variety of global markets and geographies.
The company’s BRIDGE solutions deliver vital information both line of sight (LOS) as well as hundreds of miles over the horizon, or beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS). Inclement weather, which can interfere with satellite and terrestrial networks, enhances the performance of Comtech’s BRIDGE solutions-allowing this new technology to bridge the gap when other communications networks are unavailable.
Over the summer, Comtech began introducing BRIDGE to select customers. In August, the company successfully completed multiple proof of concept demonstrations for its BRIDGE solutions for maritime users. During the customer demonstrations, the BRIDGE solutions showcased unique, robust, and resilient ship-to-shore connectivity-delivering reliable on the move communications capabilities nearly 70 miles from shore.
BRIDGE solutions are now available for U.S. and international customers including:
- Emergency Response: Following broad scale natural disasters such as hurricanes, communications infrastructure is often heavily impacted. BRIDGE offer a new mechanism to rapidly restore connectivity infrastructures, which can help keep communities connected and enhance disaster relief efforts.
- Maritime: BRIDGE solutions provide maritime customers with unique BLOS ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore long distance, high throughput communications capabilities on the move. BRIDGE provides a new alternative to maritime satellite and cellular communications capabilities.
- Military Operations: BRIDGE deliver new network agnostic, resilient and secure BLOS communications capabilities designed significantly improve situational awareness for U.S. and coalition forces. Comtech’s BRIDGE solutions also create new interoperable connectivity layers needed to enhance Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control (CJADC2) operations.
- Remote Communities: BRIDGE serves as a cost-effective and reliable solution to provide high-speed internet access to remote areas and isolated towns where access to satellite and cellular service remains unavailable.
12 Sep 23. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions Division has announced that it is collaborating with Vectra AI to provide support for cyber stacks used in National Security (NatSec) operations. Curtiss-Wright will offer support for the Vectra AI Platform with patented Attack Signal Intelligence™ and its over 120 AI/ML models for deployment on its rugged and modular PacStar 400-Series, such as the PacStar 451 that features best-in-class size, weight and power (SWaP) optimization, and the PacStar 453/454 family of NVIDIA® GPU Enhanced high-performance servers. This validated “AI at the Tactical Edge” capability will enable deployed operators, hunt forward teams, and fast action response units to quickly field a cyber stack anywhere in the world, as well as support cyber hunts to detect successive attacker behaviors and “unknown unknowns” at the speed and scale of hybrid attacks.
PacStar tactical communications solutions, long used globally by the U.S. DoD and coalition partners – including the Special Operations Community, Intelligence Sector, and tactical hunt organizations – feature highly integrated components that support compute, storage arrays, Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) encryption capabilities packages, and mobile communications arrays. Lightweight, small form factor PacStar cyber hunt compute platforms are designed to be highly mobile. A single system, which can be as small as a paperback book, can be hand-carried or integrated into a larger mobile tactical communications or cyber kit that fits easily into an overhead luggage compartment.
Vectra AI’s patented AI-driven Attack Signal Intelligence powers the Vectra AI Platform to move at the speed and scale of hybrid attacks. With 35 patents in AI-driven threat detection and the most MITRE D3FEND references – organizations worldwide rely on Vectra AI to stop hybrid attacks from becoming breaches. In addition, Vectra Match is a full Suricata signature engine available with the Vectra AI Platform to optimize an organization’s security stack by combining AI-driven detections and signature-based detection in a single solution – accelerating threat hunting, investigations and compliance. Including AI-driven security along with signature-based detection expands attack surface coverage as AI can detect sub-millisecond timed command and control (C2) hidden tunnels and provide 99.9% efficacy in detecting obfuscated channels associated with exfiltration methods such as Cobalt Strike and Sliver, among others. Other aspects of Vectra AI provide real-time detection of other reconnaissance, lateral movement, privilege, exfiltration, and the entire kill chain mapped to the MITRE ATT&CK and D3FEND frameworks.
Leveraging AI-driven security enables advanced detection that no signature capability could uncover. These include aspects surrounding privilege and escalated rights. Looking at how one can detect a malicious insider or nation-state running an extensive, multi-year campaign is suited for an AI engine. With Curtiss-Wright and Vectra AI, the NatSec community can now receive high efficacy alerts and automated orchestration with SIEM, SOAR and EDR integrations in the battlefield.
While many hunt operations target IT environments, the combined Curtiss-Wright and Vectra AI capability is well suited for operational technology (OT) environments. The ability to detect the “unknown unknowns” within critical infrastructure, weapons systems, and other environments is a game changer for our defense Cyber Protection Teams (CPT). Visibility and awareness into the IT, OT and hybrid cloud environments without a need to decrypt traffic will allow our operators unparalleled data to work with.
About Curtiss-Wright’s PacStar 453 NVIDIA GPU Enhanced Server
Designed for tactical, expeditionary vehicle-mount, forward operating base, and early-entry deployments for military, Homeland Security, first responders, and commercial/enterprise users, Curtiss-Wright’s PacStar 453 is ideal for applications that need high-performance computation in remote or distributed locations. The PacStar 453 is based on the powerful and proven PacStar 451 server platform that features Intel® Xeon™ D processing with 128 GB RAM, 16 TB storage, and 10 GigE SFP+ ports, combined with a PCIe connected NVIDIA T1000 GPU with 896 CUDA cores. The PacStar 453 meets SWaP requirements unmatched by other COTS appliances of its kind.
About Curtiss-Wright’s Tactical Communications Solutions
Curtiss-Wright creates and manufactures the PacStar family of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based rugged, small form factor expeditionary and mobile communications systems. Separately, it develops integrated, network communications management software, IQ-Core® Software, for the military, federal, state/local government and emergency responder markets. The company’s patented IQ-Core Software, hardware technology, and integrated solutions provide secure, command, control, and communications systems, particularly in remote or infrastructure starved areas. In addition, Curtiss-Wright systems are ideally suited for commercial/industrial organizations with mission-critical field communications requirements.
08 Sep 23. Global: North Korean actors pose heightened security, espionage risks to cyber security research sector. A new campaign by North Korean state-sponsored threat actors is using zero-day vulnerabilities to target cyber security researchers, according to a report by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) on 7 September. The actors used social media sites to build rapport with their targets, carrying out months-long contact to establish a relationship – a common tactic, technique, and procedure (TTP) used by North Korean threat actors. Once the connection migrated to an encrypted messaging app, such as WhatsApp or Signal, threat actors would share a malicious file containing a zero-day in a popular, unnamed software. The threat actors also appear to spread malicious software packages under the guise of a legitimate cyber security debugging tool via GitHub. The shift by actors to target the cyber security community highlights the increasing risk to the sector, as well as underscores North Korean actors’ patience and strategic targeting. By targeting security researchers, actors can obtain access to new vulnerabilities as well as infection and mitigation tools that can be beneficial to future operations, heightening the long-term security risks to both the cyber security research community and the general population.
08 Sep 23. Cyber Update.
- A wide range of threat actors are using a new open-source malware called ‘SapphireStealer’ to steal information. The malware has already seen multiple new variants since its release in December 2022 (see Sibylline Cyber Daily Analytical Update – 4 September 2023).
- Meanwhile, in the UK, ransomware attacks increased by 87% in H1 2023, compared to H2 2022 (see Sibylline Cyber Daily Analytical Update – 5 September 2023).
- A UK contractor suffered a ‘Lockbit’ ransomware attack that resulted in the data leak of information related to physical security resources of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) (see Sibylline Cyber Daily Analytical Update – 6 September 2023).
- In a post-mortem report, Microsoft disclosed how Chinese threat actors were able to steal a Microsoft consumer key that was able to provide unauthorised access to secure email accounts of the US government (see Sibylline Cyber Daily Analytical Update – 7 September 2023).
- North Korean state-sponsored threat actors are using zero-day vulnerabilities to target cyber security researchers in a new espionage campaign (see Sibylline Cyber Daily Analytical Update – 8 September 2023).
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Cyber security company, Morphisec, discovered a new variant of the ‘Chaes’ malware that is targeting customers of financial and logistic companies in Latin America. The new variant, dubbed ‘Chae$4’, features more sophisticated code than its predecessor, with advanced encryption techniques and evasion mechanisms. This indicates that the actor behind the new iteration has moderate-to-high level skillset. Chae$4 targets a wide range of services including platforms and banks such as Mercado Libre, Mercado Pago, WhatsApp Web, Itau Bank, Caixa Bank and MetaMask. The malware aims to steal various types of data, such as login credentials, personal information and financial data. This new sophisticated malware elevates security risks to users, as financially-focused malware is a pervasive threat in Latin America.
Cyber word of the week
This week’s cyber word of the week is: Legacy System (Source: Sibylline)
12 Sep 23. Rhode & Schwarz is showcasing our mission-proven solutions that help customers master every aspect of a signal to achieve full situational awareness with:
► SIGINT sensor systems
► Edge computing & signal processing
► Secure communications for land, air and sea
► Sensor fusion & signal analysis
► Communications electronic counter measures (C-ECM)
In addition, Rohde & Schwarz further showcases spectrum monitoring solutions for military applications and how Rohde & Schwarz is contributing to the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and the European Secure Software Defined Radio (ESSOR) for tactical European military interoperability.
12 Sep 23. Rheinmetall’s solutions for the digitized battlefield.
showcased at DSEI 2023. As one of the world’s foremost system integrators, Rheinmetall has the expertise necessary for networking a whole panoply of different entities on the digitalized battlefields of the future. At DSEI 2023, Rheinmetall will reveal ways of lifting the
“fog of war” through the interplay of sensors, effectors and advanced humanmachine interfaces. An extensive network of partners forms the basis of Rheinmetall’s step-by-step approach to digitizing the armed forces of Germany, its friends, and allies. Visitors to Rheinmetall’s stand at DSEI 2023 can see for themselves what a completely digitized battlefield will look like and how the “fog of war” can be lifted. Digitization starts with the individual fighting vehicle. As the original equipment manufacturer of the fire control unit of the Leopard 2 main battle tank, the Challenger 3 MBT, and the new Lynx family of infantry fighting
vehicles, Rheinmetall enjoys world-leading expertise in
networking sensors and effectors. A vital advantage
here: new sensors and subsystems can be integrated into the vehicle via digital architectures like the NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture
(NGVA), without having to install additional displays or control consoles. The interplay of the latest systems with an advanced human-machine interface will be clearly illustrated at DSEI. Securing, watching, reconnoitring – the vehicle crew can see and hear farther and
better; has command of the entire electromagnetic spectrum; and can instantly view the current situation of all actors on the battlefield. Rheinmetall’s advanced fighting vehicles are fully digitized, making it easier for crews to perform their tasks in combat situations. The “view through the armour” encompasses more than just a view of the surrounding terrain. It is enriched with information from every one of the vehicle’s sensors as well as those of other friendly elements. Going from alertto countermeasure takes just one click. Installed in every Rheinmetall combat vehicle, the panoramic Situational Awareness System (SAS) collects and organizes data 24/7. Already today, artificial intelligence evaluates this information in ways that even the best soldier could never do. The transparent battlefield starts exactly here and now as a fully-fledged system.
08 Sep 23. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announces that Poland’s 37th Air Defense Squadron has declared Basic Operational Capability (BOC) for Poland’s WISŁA medium range air defense program operating with the company’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS).
- BOC was declared by Poland’s Ministry of National Defence for the first battery delivered to the WISŁA program.
- Leading up to BOC, a comprehensive series of integration and testing was conducted to verify IBCS system performance.
- BOC signifies the system has achieved initial combat capability and is progressing toward achieving Initial Operational Capability (IOC).
Rebecca Torzone, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman: “This milestone is a major advancement in Poland’s air defense capability and their fielding of IBCS. With this next-generation integrated air and missile defense, Poland is prepared for today’s fight and the battlespace of the future.”
Brig. Gen. Michał Marciniak, Deputy Head of Poland’s Armament Agency, Plenipotentiary of the Ministry of National Defence for Development of Integrated Air and Missile Defence: “BOC is a significant step for the Polish IAMD development process. From the operational and technical point of view, after all checks were completed during the BOC military exercises, we can confirm that all components of the first battery are connected and integrated with each other into one system. This allows us to take operator training to the next level and achieve IOC soon.”
Details on the WISŁA Program:
In 2018, the Polish government selected IBCS to serve as the centerpiece for their WISŁA modernization program, becoming the first U.S. ally to acquire the system. IBCS production and delivery to Poland is now complete and ready for deployment in defense of Poland.
IBCS will provide transformational, leap-ahead capabilities for Poland’s air and missile defense modernization program, while enhancing interoperability with allies and NATO. IBCS unifies sensors and shooters across the battlespace to decide the best action to defeat complex threats.
Spectra Group (UK) Ltd
Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, internationally renowned award-winning information security and communications specialist with a proven record of accomplishment.
Spectra is a dynamic, agile and security-accredited organisation that offers secure Hosted and Managed Solutions and Cyber Advisory Services with a track record of delivering on time, to spec and on budget.
With over 15 years of experience in delivering solutions for governments around the globe, elite militaries and private enterprises of all sizes, Spectra’s platinum and gold-level partnerships with third-party vendors ensure the supply of best value leading-edge technology.
Spectra was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in 2019 for SlingShot.
In November 2017, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd announced its listing as a Top 100 Government SME Supplier by the UK Crown Commercial Services.
Spectra’s CEO, Simon Davies, was awarded 2017 Businessman of the Year by Battlespace magazine.
Founded in 2002, the Company is based in Hereford, UK and holds ISO 9001:2015, ISO 27001:2013 and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.