In March of 2015, Northrop Grumman announced that they have awarded a contract to the Intel subsidiary Wind River to deliver its VxWorks 653 platform for integration onto the Black Hawk UH-60V helicopter. This commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platform belongs to Wind River’s product portfolio of safe and secure operating systems and was ordered as part of Northrop Grumman's latest helicopter digitization avionics mission equipment package. The platform which was recently updated is designed to support delivery of safety-critical, integrated modular avionics (IMA) applications.
Wind River’s Operating System Platforms Vice President and General Manager Dinyar Dastoor is extremely proud of their updated platform. In a March statement he stated, "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."
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 life-cycle costs."
Northrop Grumman is the digital cockpit supplier and integrator for the U.S. Army’s UH-60V program, which replaces analog gauges in UH-60L helicopters with electronic instrument displays. This upgraded helicopter will replicate the UH-60M pilot-vehicle interface and provide interoperability. Wind River's VxWorks 653 is currently used in 325 programs, by 185 customers, on over 70 aircrafts. It acts as a crucial technology in several commercial, military, and space safety-and mission-critical programs, manned and unmanned, worldwide.
Headquartered in West Falls Church, Virginia, Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Formed in 1994 when Northrop purchased Grumman, the company also produces aircraft carriers, military aircraft and vessels, missile defense systems, satellites, and information technology systems. In 2010, it was the fourth-largest defense contractor in the world and in 2011 ranked number 72 of the Fortune 500 list of the largest corporations in America. The company employs over 68,000 people worldwide and in 2012 reported revenues of USD$25 billion.
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