Cybersecurity Test & Evaluation Facility - New Project

10 March 2020

In February 2020, Vitrociset Belgium has been awarded a project by ESA in a consortium led by the Royal Military Academy of Belgium (RMA), under  NAVISP Element 3 program, named CyTEF.



CyTEF logo

With the growing spread in the use of UAVs for civil and military applications and in the increasing availability in the market of low-cost RF equipment, attacks are becoming more common and their impact more relevant, compromising both the security of drones operations and the safety of human beings.

The Cybersecurity Test & Evaluation Facility (CyTEF), is an infrastructure able to perform security and resilience tests on drones for what concerns attacks in the navigation, RF communication and cybersecurity domain. The CyTEF system is composed of attack generators controlled by a central orchestrator used by the operator that executes customisable attack scenarios, leveraging on the actuators available to apply the cyber-attacks. Once the attack is performed, the system allows the analysis of the effects on the drones and generates a Security assessment's report.

The aim is to build a proof-of-concept towards the realisation of a drones security qualification and certification centre for specific types of drones and specific applications. 

The industrial consortium, 100% Belgian, is constituted by:

  • RMA as Prime
  • Vitrociset Belgium
  • Rhea
  • M3Systems
  • AiRobot
  • Unifly

Our Role in the CyTEF Project

Vitrociset Belgium has two key roles in the project :

  • Provide Project Management support to RMA, dealing especially with the technical coordination of the activities among all partners to ensure high quality, timeliness and cost-effectiveness in the project.
  • On the technical involvement, it is the responsable of the overall system design and provides the Command, Control and Communication attack generator, developing a module for the RF attacks (jamming and spoofing).

We will count on our long experience in RF communications and security as well as on our presence in Redu, taking advantage on the Artemis satellite Ground Infrastructure for generating realistic attacks over direct and satellite link.

The project is considered as the flagship of NAVISP Element 3, and it is of strategic relevance for Belgium, being the first facility of this type in Europe and one of the first to be developed in the world. It constitutes a real challenge for Vitrociset Belgium to reinforce its role in Space Security and communication infrastructure operations.


Want to know more about the project ? Go to the Projects' Website