Cybersecurity experts will hack and crash a remote-controlled drone helicopter as part of Raytheon's showcase at this year's Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based defense contractor will also show technology including wearable computers for the battlefield and discuss products such as missile defense radars and precision weapons.
The helicopter demo will show how Electronic Armor, a Raytheon-built anti-hacking system, can detect even slight tampering with the controls of an unmanned aircraft. One helicopter will have the system and fly safely; the other will not.
"We're trying to illustrate the destructive nature of what can happen in an operational environment," said Brian Stites, a former U.S. Navy submariner and cryptologist who will run the helicopter demonstration. "The aviators and the helicopter pilots get it right away."
Other products Raytheon is bringing include:
Raytheon representatives also plan to discuss several developments, including:
Raytheon's booth also will feature military artist Jim Ryan, who will sign copies of his latest print depicting soldiers in the battlefield.
"The Annual AUSA National Meeting and Exhibition provides a tremendous opportunity for Army leaders to discuss their concepts, strategies, requirements, priorities, and issues," said Galen Jackman, Vice President of Army and Special Operations Forces Programs. "This is a unique opportunity for us to gain direct insight into the Army customer's future needs."
Source: Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)
Date: Oct 8, 2014