C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

DARPA adds Raytheon to RADICS fold

19 December 2016

Raytheon has received a USD9 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide the United States' power grid operators with the ability to detect and respond to a cyber-attack.

DARPA's Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation, and Characterization (RADICS) programme focuses on several approaches: attack detection; how to stop further, on-going damage; and threat characterisation.

Nine awardees have been selected to look at different aspects of situational awareness, hoping to discover if it is possible to monitor the physics of the power grid at a national scale, DARPA officials have said.

In August, BAE Systems announced it had been awarded a contract to look at alternative ways for utilities to communicate when the information network of power grids is disrupted by cyber attack.

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