Intel’s Wind River to support Northrop’s Black Hawk cockpit digitisation programme

19 March 2015 (Last Updated March 19th, 2015 18:30)

Intel subsidiary Wind River has been contracted by Northrop Grumman to deliver its VxWorks 653 platform for integration onto the Black Hawk UH-60V helicopter.

VxWorks 653

Intel subsidiary Wind River has been contracted by Northrop Grumman to deliver its VxWorks 653 platform for integration onto the Black Hawk UH-60V helicopter.

Ordered as part of Northrop's latest helicopter digitisation avionics mission equipment package, VxWorks 653 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platform belongs to Wind River's product portfolio of safe and secure operating systems.

The recently updated VxWorks 653 platform is designed to support delivery of safety-critical, integrated modular avionics (IMA) applications.

Wind River operating system platforms vice-president and general manager Dinyar Dastoor said: "Fully 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 bill of materials, on the industry's most advanced aircraft."

"The updated VxWorks 653 platform is designed to support delivery of safety-critical, integrated modular avionics (IMA) applications."

The updates to VxWorks 653 include 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.

Northrop Grumman electronic systems, situational awareness systems vice-president Ike Song said: "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."

Wind River's VxWorks 653 is currently used in 325 programmes, by 185 customers, on over 70 aircrafts. It acts as a crucial technology in several commercial, military, and space safety-and mission-critical programmes, manned and unmanned, worldwide.


Image: Northrop Grumman's Black Hawk digital cockpit solution. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corporation.