Northrop Lays Out Vision for ‘Cyber Resilient’ Next-Gen Fighter

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  1. AMDR

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    Northrop Grumman F/A-XX 6th-Generation Fighter Concept
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    Lara Seligman 12:51 p.m. EST January 15, 2016​

    PALMDALE, Calif — Northrop Grumman is still ramping up its work on the Pentagon’s most advanced fighter jet, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but the company is already thinking about what comes next.

    Tom Vice, president of Northrop’s aerospace sector, this week laid out his vision for a long-range, potentially unmanned fighter, featuring laser weapons and advanced “cyber resiliency” to counter threats in the increasingly connected world of 2030.

    The rest of the article is here: http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...op-cyber-resilient-next-gen-fighter/78833308/
     
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    Ideally the 6th generation Fighter should be able to not only resist cyber attacks but also carry them out. I am not sure how this would work exactly because you need to be in range of a network to get access to it and that would be hard to do with a fighter that flies over 1,000 miles per hour. It could however be equipped with special receivers that suck in frequencies coming from enemy networks that are being used in the air between AWACS and other aircraft. After sucking in this information it can be sent back to base for cryptanalysis.

    @Technofox posted a graphic of an electronic attack pod a few weeks ago I forgot what it was called but definitely a device like that would be critical to having an effective 6th generation fighter.
     
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    Falcon Major Staff Member Social Media Team

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    Let's see what cyber hardening on a fighter would involve:

    • Communications systems
    • Munitions guidance
    • Hardening the avionics and mission computer etc.
     
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    What we will probably end up doing is developing airborne cyber attack capabilities on the F-35, then using that mature technology in the 6th generation fighter. Apparently they already have a "cyberpod" they are developing for the F-35 that would not degrade its RCS by that much. Its pretty exciting stuff.


    From : http://www.janes.com/article/50036/f-35-programme-begins-developing-cyber-attack-capability

    "The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme is developing a pod-mounted cyber-attack system as it continues kinetic weapons integration, the deputy programme executive officer said on 17 March."


    From: http://www.janes.com/article/50659/navy-league-2015-f-35-studies-next-generation-ew-capability

    "The admiral described the capability as a more nuanced application of EW than that of legacy systems. "Until now, we've been trying to disrupt radar," he explained. "The next step is to try to gain control of the weapon system." "

    That bold part gave me shivers when I first read it.
     
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    After unmanned fighters come out Cyber Capabilities on fighters will be critical. The same way they want EW to take control of radars will probably apply to fighters trying to take each other over. If something is unmanned then in order for it to be flown it must receive signals from somewhere so those signals could be vulnerable to a Man in the Middle attack allowing for control of the airplane to be potentially lost if the signals can be modified before being relayed to the fighter. One way to solve this problem would be with Artificial Intelligence but what happens if the machines turns against us? %^(

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    Northrop is developing the next gen bomber right down the block from us. I have a few friends that work there, and none of them know anything about anything going on. They keep it real quiet.
     
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