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At the Singapore Airshow next week, Astronautics will formally launch CyberSmart ATHENA – a cyber/artificial intelligence (AI) airborne computer (CA2C) hardware solution for military and security airborne applications. The company will also highlight its avionics cyber-protection solution, CyberSmart-1000.

The ATHENA platform consists of an embedded inference engine that efficiently runs cyber and/or AI algorithms, together with an on-board real-time computer with avionics interfaces - including 1553 and ARINC-429 - suitable for use in an airborne environment. This enables third-party cyber solutions providers to run their algorithms on a fully-qualified airborne computer, resulting in advanced in-flight functionality, including: video-image recognition; a threat-driven, dynamic decision-support system; smart responses for processes based on advanced threat analysis; automation of complex processes; the making of smart system recommendations/decisions and more – all from a single piece of hardware.

CyberSmart-1000 is a unique cyberattack detection device, specifically designed to handle cyber threats against any airborne platform. Deployed within the platform's communication channels, the system detects anomalies or abnormal operations which indicate a cyberattack, malware activation or attempt to jeopardise normal operations, issuing a real-time alert if a cyberattack is imminent.

First and foremost, Astronautics’ avionics systems have been developed to enable mission completion and protection of […] airborne forces,” states Menachem Donner, the company’s Director of Business Development. “Our cyber/AI computer is one of the first examples of airborne cyber hardware, supporting any system integrator that wishes to incorporate their own cyber algorithms into a real-time avionic system […] Our CyberSmart-1000 cyber alert solutions have been developed in a collaborative project by the company’s avionics and cyber teams, providing vital advanced solutions for protecting operational platforms against cyberattacks. Based on proprietary algorithms and real-time analysis of data and electrical signals over the avionics platform, it enables complete cyber protection of the platform.”

CyberSmart ATHENA will be officially launched at the Singapore Airshow 2020, 11-16 February. (Photo: Astronautics)

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