Ansys to work with US Army and L3Harris on missile system applications

13 March 2020 (Last Updated March 13th, 2020 11:10)

Ansys has collaborated with the US Army and L3Harris Technologies to improve the performance and affordability of next-generation aviation and missile system applications.

Ansys to work with US Army and L3Harris on missile system applications
ANSYS headquarters building located in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Credit: Dan Hart, ANSYS, Inc.

Ansys has collaborated with the US Army and L3Harris Technologies to improve the performance and affordability of next-generation aviation and missile system applications.

Through a joint Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Aviation & Missile Center (AvMC) evaluated solutions that are commercially available to support the integration of software aligned to the FACE Technical Standard.

With the FACE Technical Standard, software on embedded military computing systems can be interoperable, portable and secure.

For the CRADA, software developed by L3Harris and Ansys, aligned to FACE Technical Standard and hosted on the Crew Mission System (CMS) platform was used for the Cockpit Display Station (CDS).

The agreement represents progress in demonstrating how model-based development tools such as Ansys SCADE and L3Harris’ FliteScene can support rapid standard-based integration to support the FACE Technical Standard and ARINC 661 standards.

US Army Program Executive Office Aviation G10 Tactical Branch chief Joe Carter said: “With emerging threats and limited resources, we simply have to provide more capabilities to our warfighters faster with less funding.

“Contributions from our industry partners, including Ansys and L3Harris, help exercise and mature the FACE Technical Standard allowing rapid integration of capabilities for our warfighters. This enables us to provide our warfighters a wide variety of new and improved capabilities from any number of technology suppliers.”

The Ansys SCADE software toolset enables a complete workflow ranging from FACE modelling through DO-178C certifiable code-level generation.

The company’s tools support software development aligned to the FACE standard at the model, as well as generated code levels.

They also provide users with an easy workflow that passes the FACE Conformance Test Suite (CTS), which is included in the FACE Technical Standard.

Ansys SCADE Solutions for ARINC 661 compliant systems completely adhere to the ARINC 661 standard, saving time and reducing effort and cost when developing cockpit display systems.