Stonewood selected by General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited to protect sensitive mission data and intelligence for AgustaWestland Lynx Wildcat helic

Stonewood selected by General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited to protect sensitive mission data
and intelligence for AgustaWestland Lynx Wildcat helicopters

Wareham, 03 February, 2010, the Stonewood Group today announced that it has been selected by General Dynamics UK Ltd to design and develop the on-board encrypted data storage systems for the AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter. The bespoke systems will be used by both the Army and the Royal Navy, and will ensure that mission and communications system data is fully protected. The AW159 Lynx Wildcat programme will deliver a fleet of light helicopters, and their capability will be a significant advance on that provided in both Iraq and Afghanistan by the current Lynx fleet.

Since entering service with the Royal Navy and the Army in the mid-1970s, the Lynx helicopter has taken on an increasingly wide range of roles including: anti-surface warfare, battlefield reconnaissance, casualty evacuation, airborne command post, logistical support and tactical troop transport. General Dynamics UK Ltd and AgustaWestland are developing the Tactical Processor that will manage the helicopter's mission systems. Stonewood will be supplying portable encrypted hard drives that plug in to the tactical system, and the key management system for the mission system and for General Dynamic’s BOWMAN communications system, which is also protected with Stonewood’s encryption technology.

Paul Goodchild, General Dynamic’s Programmes Director Development, said: "General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited is pleased to be working with the Stonewood Group. Their experience on previous bespoke encrypted systems programmes and the technical expertise of their development and manufacturing teams made them the right choice for our Lynx Wildcat tactical system. Their capabilities are unique in the country."

Stonewood will use its experience from the development of the only hardware encryption technology approved by the British Government (CESG) for the protection of Top Secret data at rest, to produce a cost-effective and secure system for this project.

Stonewood Development, the bespoke systems division of the Stonewood Group uses the knowledge and experience from the development of its accredited Eclypt technology and then customises these products for use in specific situations. In the case of the Lynx Wildcat, for example, a modular system suitable for use onboard an aircraft is being provided. Stonewood’s bespoke system can be engineered to allow authentication of multiple drives in one go, both within an integrated system such as Wildcat or across PC networks. These systems can also include software or hardware purge buttons to delete all data encryption keys preventing authentication even with system passwords and tokens, providing full data protection in the event of enemy capture.

Chris McIntosh, Stonewood Group’s CEO added: "The Army and Navy must follow strict guidelines in protecting data, and must meet requirements for data handling, so our ability to offer quick development and accreditation times is essential. This contract follows the successful execution of another high profile air vehicle bespoke programme, and we are delighted to now be working on the Lynx Wildcat programme."

About Stonewood:
The Stonewood Group is an innovative British solutions-driven company that designs and manufactures the industry-leading Eclypt range of hardware encrypted drives and provides bespoke encryption and data security solutions for military and security systems.

Trusted globally by governments and defence and law enforcement agencies, as well as the world's foremost financial, banking and medical corporations, Stonewood’s solutions are widely recognised for their fit and forget, tamper-proof and fully secure solution for data encryption needs.

About General Dynamics:
General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), is a leading player in the UK’s knowledge economy and industrial base. Established in the United Kingdom for over 40 years, it employs over 1,600 people at 10 UK and international facilities. A prime contractor and complex systems integrator, working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other allies, growing key intellectual property, skills and capabilities in its UK research facilities and workforce, whilst harnessing world-leading technology.

General Dynamics UK led a key MoD Defence Technology Centre research consortium and, together with a growing C4I export programme, plays a central role manufacturing and developing technology to deliver network enabled capability and ISTAR in the battlespace. The Company is widely recognised as a leading contender to supply and integrate the next generation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles for the British Army. For further information visit

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,300 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at