HASTINGS, U.K., 28 Jan. 2014. General Dynamics UK won an order for eight Tactical Processors and Security Enhanced Data Transfer Units for installation on the AgustaWestland’s AW159 helicopters. Both products are integrated into the U.K. Ministry of Defence AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters.
The General Dynamics UK tactical processor is a key element of the helicopter’s architecture and is based on the company’s combat-proven family of open system computers, which will host software applications and interface with onboard hardware, officials say. The processor will provide a sophisticated video processing and distribution function, embedded mission recording and playback, and a digital map capability.
The Security Enhanced Data Transfer Unit, based on the company’s airborne solid-state recording system, uses a ViaSat encryption solution. The Security Enhanced Data Transfer Unit provides an accredited security solution that allows a user operating in an unfriendly environment to safely record and store data for further use.
It also enables the transfer of data on and off the platforms using an easily inserted memory cartridge. Typical data transfers include uploading mission and digital-map data, along with extraction of recorded data such as radar and electro-optical sensors, voice and data communications and tactical mission data.
AgustaWestland is pursuing several AW159 export opportunities, and General Dynamics UK’s Tactical Processor and Security Enhanced Data Transfer Unit products are an integral part of this campaign.
General Dynamics UK is a key provider of technology onto Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado, and the AgustaWestland AW101 Mk 3 and UK AW159 Lynx Wildcat platforms.