General Dynamics (GD) UK has selected the Green Hills Software-developed Integrity real-time operating system (RTOS) as the primary operating system software for all mission-critical computers of the British Army’s Scout Specialist Vehicles (SV) programme.

The company has also chosen Green Hills Software’s Multi integrated development environment (IDE) to build the application code for the Integrity system on all computer subsystems present inside the vehicle.

The Scout vehicle’s four main electronic subsystems, each having its own display, will feature Integrity RTOS based Core i5 and Core i7 multicore architectures.

The subsystems will be used by the driver, commander and gunner and will support all critical services including driving controls, defensive aids, navigation tools, ‘friend or foe’ recognition and visual displays, which will receive real-time feeds from up to seven surveillance cameras.

Built on the velOSity microkernel, the Integrity RTOS is a secure, royalty-free operating system designed for use in embedded systems that require maximum reliability.

The system uses hardware memory protection to isolate and protect itself and user tasks from incorrect operation caused by accidental errors or malicious tampering and has been used in several military jets including the US F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighter jets.

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Featuring a powerful debugger, editor, code browser, configuration manager, and other tools into one integrated package, the Multi IDE uses C, C++ and EC++ compilers to generate codes for 32- and 64-bit processors.

The £500m Scout SV project aims to provide the British Army with a powerful combat vehicle which will provide enhanced protection, greater firepower and improved situational awareness against a wide range of threats.

Under the project, GD’s ASCOD SV tracked vehicle was selected for the demonstration phase of the programme that will eventually replace the Army’s ageing fleet of Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked (CVR (T)) vehicles.

GD is the prime contractor for the Scout SV project, while Lockheed Martin UK INSYS is the SV turret sub contractor.