Robust RTOS enables SWaP reductions onboard Black Hawk

19th March 2015
Barney Scott

Northrop Grumman has selected Wind River VxWorks 653 for its latest helicopter digitisation avionics package, for integration onto the Black Hawk UH-60V. VxWorks 653 is a COTS platform for supporting delivery of safety-critical, Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) applications, providing a DO-178C certifiable, upgradable platform, aligned with the latest government initiatives to reduce programme lifecycle costs.

Wind River recently released updates to VxWorks 653, including support for multi-core silicon and robust partitioning for applications that enable multilevel RTCA DO-178C certification, as well as support for the Safety Base Profile of Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) 2.1 Technical Standard.

"Compliant with ARINC 653, VxWorks 653 provides customers with robust partitioning in time and space to facilitate fault containment - and enables reduced size, weight, and power, as well as a reduced BOM, on the industry’s most advanced aircraft," said Dinyar Dastoor, Vice President and General Manager of Operating System Platforms, Wind River. "Wind River is proud to be a trusted technology supplier to Northrop Grumman for such an important program, and is very pleased to continue helping our customers drive innovation in their next-gen avionics platforms."

"By incorporating VxWorks 653 into our mission equipment package, we have achieved a system architecture that helps protect our customers’ long term investment for multiple platforms," said Ike Song, Vice President, Situational Awareness Systems, Northrop Grumman. "Our use of VxWorks 653 enables us to align with the FACE Technical Standard, achieve DO-178C certification, and consolidate our avionics technology on multi-core hardware, resulting in superior performance and lower lifecycle costs."

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