GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE:GE) and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) today announced at MILCOM 2011 (November 7-10, Baltimore, MD) that the two companies will work together to develop a family of rugged, highly secure routing and network security appliances designed for military/aerospace deployment in harsh environments where security of data is paramount. The resulting solutions will be sold by GE Intelligent Platforms.
The new GE products respond to the adoption by military forces around the world of a network-centric approach to battlefield operations and systems design. Data, voice and video are carried over an IP network, and routers form the core of such a network. Cybersecurity is of great concern, as well as the coexistence of allied forces through mixed-nation battlefield engagements. This results in a requirement for purpose-built rugged routers with advanced security capabilities since commercially-available routers are not designed for the harsh environment encountered in combat situations. Juniper Networks® Junos® operating system offers a comprehensive list of dynamic, robust features that provide intrusion prevention and detection, firewalls, packet inspection, authentication and access control.
The RTR8GE is the first product to be announced. A battle-ready, rugged and security-focused network router, it features the comprehensive field-tested Junos operating system from Juniper Networks. Its firewall, intrusion prevention and detection, and extensive quality of service capabilities enable secure IPv4/IPv6 connectivity for military vehicles, aircraft and forward operating bases supporting net-centric operations. The RTR8GE has eight Gigabit Ethernet ports integrated in a SWaP-optimized enclosure that meets the demanding environmental requirements of military/aerospace applications.
“Net-centricity is not only changing the way warfare is conducted, but how weapons systems and military platforms such as vehicles are designed,” said Al DiLibero, President, Military & Aerospace Embedded Computing, GE Intelligent Platforms. “Initiatives such as the U.S. Army’s ‘VICTORY’ Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/electronic warfare interoperability specification are indicative of a trend that pushes networks to the battlefield edge, driving the need for mobile, secure network devices. Our relationship with Juniper Networks allows us to take advantage of the Junos operating system and Juniper Networks’ industry leading secure networking technologies in the development of purpose-built, rugged battlefield networking solutions.”