Cassidian Press Release


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Cassidian's capabilities are demonstrated to show how mission effectiveness is increased through network centric enhanced solutions.

In its TouchLab, Cassidian is presenting some new scenarios featuring various situations and facing its customers with a display of its unique innovative solutions that have been developed to meet the challenges of the future.

Today's increasingly connected world needs advanced information solutions and security systems. As a leading global provider of security solutions and integrated security systems for the civil and military markets, Cassidian is developing the technologies of the future, drawing on its key competencies in aerospace, security, defence and services. Cassidian will present its capabilities focused around Secure Information Sharing at the EADS stand.

Cassidian will present its technological progress by staging interactive, latest generation scenarios projected in 3D in the TouchLab to demonstrate the Talarion Unmanned Aerial System and cyber security.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – Mission Flexibility

Thanks to its key technologies acquired over several decades of designing manned aerial systems (aircraft design, precision navigation, flight software architecture, standardised interfaces, mission planning, etc.), Cassidian is one of the leading companies in the UAS market today. Cassidian develops and manufactures global solutions to meet the operational requirements of remote-controlled unmanned aerial systems (e.g. certification air traffic requirements, sensor control, air vehicle control).

The short-range DRAC (Drone de Renseignement Au Contact), whose purpose is to enhance the intelligence capabilities of front-line army units, will be on display at DSEi. 60 DRAC systems have been delivered to the DGA since 2009, and in April the French Army placed an order for over 100 further DRAC. The DRAC is derived from the TRACKER system, one of the most robust mini-UAVs available on the market.

The future Talarion will be displayed at the static display. This European programme is focused on the development of an advanced MALE UAS designed to meet the European requirements for an unmanned system dedicated to future surveillance and reconnaissance missions and certified for unrestricted access to European airspace. In December 2007, the French, German and Spanish defence ministers awarded a 15-month risk reduction study to Cassidian. The development of the Talarion concept is based on a long-endurance UAV system with an extended wingspan (28 m) capable of flying over a theatre of operation at high altitude and for prolonged periods.

Integrated into network-centric operational environments, Talarion will make it possible to fulfill security missions that are beyond the reach of current solutions. The Talarion prototype, whose maiden flight is scheduled for 2014, will be the first air vehicle to be developed on the basis of an interactive design approach.

Cyber Security - Secure Information Challenges

In 2009, given the growing number and diversity of cyber attacks, Cassidian established the Cyber Security Centre staffed by experts based in France, the UK and Germany, in order to put in place dynamic solutions needed to detect and combat these new threats. In order to better anticipate future attacks, these elite teams collaborate closely with the respective government authorities in numerous countries to intercept the threats. Cassidian is a key player in the international cooperation in the fight against cybercrime.

Cassidian supports its customers by providing turnkey solutions and expertise to anticipate, manage and mitigate cybercrises and their effects. These range from data handling (Ectocryp, secure exchange gateways), agile infrastructure and devices (MOSEO), computer network defence (Cymerius), to consulting and training services (CENTS, Hotsim) for governments and companies. The Security Operation centre fed by Cymerius, eases the information system security supervision and supports implementation of network security response in the whole value chain. This dynamism relies on a group of about 300 experts located in France, Germany and the UK.

Cassidian will demonstrate its experience in protecting highly sensitive and complex networks through a scenario illustrating the most advanced and aggressive cyber attacks on critical national infrastructures. The scenario simulates cyber attacks on an oil rig and the proposed solutions to protect and ward off the threat, particularly with the aid of the Cymerius solution.

Cymerius is a system for monitoring and controlling cyber attacks, collecting information at a central location and alerting each player involved so that they can respond to any invasion on a short notice. As part of the cyber defence portfolio, Cassidian will be showing the Ectocryp family of encryption devices. The Cassidian cryptography solution has the fastest secure transfer rate of any device of its kind. The Ectocryp Blue solution can transfer information classified up to TOP SECRET across public networks allowing organisations to minimise the risk of cyber attack. Ectocryp Blue is the first HAIPE-certified cryptographic device in the UK. Another first for the UK is that the high-grade crypto units can be managed and upgraded remotely.

Sensors for Mission Intelligence

Cassidian is also showing the SPEXER family of radars. SPEXER is the worldwide first security radar using the newest radar technology of Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA). By electronic guidance of the radar beam, this technology enables the sensor to fulfill several tasks at the same time while increasing the detection capability substantially. Therefore, one SPEXER™ 2000 can replace two or more conventional radars. The unique detection performance is based upon a multitude of Transmit- and Receive Modules produced by Cassidian. The company is the European leader of this technology. Cassidian delivers similar modules for the earth observation satellite TerraSAR, to the trinational air defence programme MEADS (=Medium Extended Air Defence System) and several airborne surveillance and fighter radars.

Supporting the Eurofighter Typhoon Mission Challenges

The Eurofighter Typhoon is regarded as the most advanced multi-role/swing role combat aircraft on the world market. Eurofighter is currently Europe's biggest programme in military aviation. The leading-edge combat aircraft impresses its customers with innovative technologies which are a key feature of this fighter aircraft. Next generation encryption technology developed by Cassidian is fitted into the Eurofighter. Encryption is a critical cyber security technique to ensure mission data is securely exchanged between friendly forces.

Eurofighter Typhoon will be the first aircraft in the world to be equipped with next generation encryption technology developed by Cassidian with support from Raytheon Systems Ltd. The full electronic key management system will be delivered shortly for integration into the platform and will be a major step forward for the management of multi-crypto platforms, potentially reducing the key loading process from one hour to less than one minute on a daily basis.

Meeting the Mission Challenges of Tomorrow

Cassidian is demonstrating the Mobile IP (Internet Protocol) Node for the first time at DSEi. This is a groundbreaking research and technology programme from Cassidian that will improve the ability of military and emergency response services to communicate using voice, data and video in counter terror or post-natural disaster scenarios. During peak traffic times or in extreme weather conditions networks can become congested, restricting the flow of traffic and impeding operations.

Mobile IP Node takes a holistic view of all routes from sender to audience whilst considering external conditions, message file size, priority, and security level. Mobile IP Node then selects the optimum route. Users can be confident that a message will reach its intended audience securely regardless of file size or the scenario.

Mission Effectiveness through In-service Support

Cassidian launches the OLISE electro-optical tester at DSEi in London this week. OLISE is intended primarily for use in testing smaller opto-electronic systems critical to live operations: goggles, visible and infrared cameras, laser rangers and designators, sights and image intensifiers.

Cassidian – Facts and Figures
CEO Stefan Zoller
Employees (2010) ~ 28,000
Revenues (2010) * € 5.9 billion
EBIT (2010)* € 457 million
Order book (2010)* € 16.9 billion
Order intake (2010)* € 4.3 billion
* including MBDA with a 37.5% share



Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2010, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.9 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 121,000.

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