30 Mar '14, 3pm

Report: Spying Fears Plague Swiss Fighter Deal

Report: Spying Fears Plague Swiss Fighter Deal

GENEVA — Ahead of a Swiss referendum on the country’s plan to buy 22 fighter jets from Sweden, a report raised concerns Sunday that a US-made communication system onboard could be used for spying. According to a report in Swiss weekly Le Matin Dimanche, Swedish defense firm Saab last year brought in US company Rockwell Collins to replace Roschi Rohde & Schwartz of Switzerland, which had originally been contracted to build the communications system. While the Swiss would still be making their own encryption keys, the physical box and the software inside would be American made, according to the report. Several experts quoted by the paper cautioned that the US company could potentially build a “backdoor” into the system, making it possible for US intelligence to see the information gathered during reconnaissance flights. Following the trove of disclosures by former US intelli...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140330/DEFREG01/3033...

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