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Datalink Security in the L-band Digital Aeronautical Communication System LDACS for Air Traffic Management

Bilzhause, Arne and Belgacem, Boutheyna and Mostafa, Mohamad and Gräupl, Thomas (2017) Datalink Security in the L-band Digital Aeronautical Communication System LDACS for Air Traffic Management. IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. doi: 10.1109/maes.2017.160282. ISSN 0885-8985.

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The communication systems, currently being used for air traffic management and air traffic control, need to be modernized to support the sustainable growth of European air traffic. The Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) program foresees digital datalink technologies as an important building block for this goal. Digital communication technologies shall reduce the load on legacy analog systems and enable new performance-oriented automated services. The L-band Digital Aeronautical Communications System (LDACS), currently in development in SESAR, is a corner stone of this future communication infrastructure. LDACS is a cellular broadband system sharing many technical features with 3G and 4G wireless communications systems. However, the specification of LDACS does not cover cyber-security, yet. Datalink security would therefore rely solely on higher layer mechanisms. In this paper we argue that datalink security in layer 1 and 2 of LDACS would significantly contribute to the overall security of the aeronautical telecommunication network by introducing additional layers of security. We present the major outcomes of a threat analysis of the system. Based on this analysis we discuss possible cyber-security options for LDACS and recommend to add cyber security functions in the link management entity and sub-network protocol of LDACS.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/115463/
Document Type:Article
Title:Datalink Security in the L-band Digital Aeronautical Communication System LDACS for Air Traffic Management
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Gräupl, ThomasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7864-774XUNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2017
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords:Security, Cyber-Security, ATM, ATC, LDACS, Data Link, cybersec
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Communications Systems
Deposited By: Gräupl, Dr. Thomas
Deposited On:17 Nov 2017 15:35
Last Modified:14 Jun 2023 16:44

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