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SST's TEMPEST Rugged Network DeviceSecure Systems & Technologies Reports £2.5 million Contract Win

SST clocks up another win for its Military Rugged solutions, a production contract for the WATCHKEEPER UK UAV programme.

WATCHKEEPER Unmanned Arial VehicleOn December 2nd 2010 Specialist defence and security IT manufacturer, Secure Systems & Technologies, (SST) reported a £2.5 million 2-year contract win for its specialist TEMPEST Military Rugged hardware solutions.

The two-year contract encompasses rugged servers and rugged secure network communications devices for use in mobile ISTAR platforms and reflects the SST capabilities for Military Rugged EMC products.

Military operationSST's latest contract encompasses rugged military flight-critical Ground Control Server systems, rugged powerful image processing hardware and rugged network security products. All products will be manufactured in the UK in the SST purpose built 22,000 sq ft facility.

SST manufactures the extremely rugged and powerful processor and Network Device used for this mission critical element. Both items have to meet exacting standards in environmental (Def Stan 00-35, the UK equivalent of US Standard MIL-STD-810), TEMPEST and the highest military EMC requirement: Def Stan 59-41 Land Class A.

The SST Network Device encompasses a secure EAL4+ Firewall and gigabit switching, enabling secure integration with both the UK network-enabled capability (UK NEC) and US network-centric warfare (US NCW).

Of this latest WATCHKEEPER win Managing Director Matthew Richards comments “The Company’s focus on projects including the UAV programmes identified in the recent Strategic Defence and Security Review has resulted in a series of contract wins. This latest awardfurther demonstrates SST’s commitment to supporting ground troops in the extreme conditions experienced in today’s and tomorrow’s areas of conflict.

Our products and service fit into the API Technologies group UAV capabilities which include everything from electronics subcontract manufacture, Ground Control Systems, Uplink/Downlink, surveillance and aiming payloads and Advanced Composites manufacture.


The WATCHKEEPER Unmanned Arial Vehicle will provide the UK armed forces with an essential Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability, and will be a key component of the UK's network enabled capability (NEC).

The WATCHKEEPER autonomous flights will be under the system guidance of the WATCHKEEPER software, fully integrated within the network enabled Ground Control Station (GCS).

Another component of the Watchkeeper system is the Tactical Party housed in a Viking tracked vehicle and receives tactical data from the WATCHKEEPER UAV.

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