BAE Systems Viper MLV II reduces vulnerability of F-16 aircraft to cyberattacks


BAE Systems has launched the Viper Memory Loader Verifier II (MLV II), a new version of a maintenance capability that will reduce vulnerability to cyber attacks on F-16 aircraft.

“Our first generation Viper MLV has 20 years of proven reliability and durability in harsh flight line environments,” said Carl Huncharek, director of the F-16 product line for BAE Systems. “This new product release will include cyber-enhanced aircraft mission capabilities, with an open system architecture that reduces life cycle costs.”

In addition to flight-critical capability to load and verify software on the aircraft, the Viper MLV II supports mission data file uploads, flight and fault data downloads, and software updates. third-party application.

Viper MLV II supports more than 100 onboard systems for the F-16, including mission and flight critical systems such as radar, electronic warfare, mission and flight control computers, recorders crash-resistant data carriers, engine control systems, navigation and communication systems. .

Two nations are fielding the Viper MLV II through Foreign Military Sales for the F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft, commanding six systems with follow-on potential for 15 additional systems. The system is fully compatible with the entire F-16 fleet and will use existing interface cables. While the Viper MLV II will be positioned for all new F-16 deployments, BAE Systems also continues to support current equipment.

The system is field proven, with more than 700 systems in use by the US Air Force and more than 25 allied nations. The Viper MLV II will be developed and produced at BAE Systems’ facility in Fort Worth, Texas.


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