Northrop Grumman Debuts Cockpit Technology Compatible with Multiple Platforms

By CIOReview | Thursday, July 10, 2014
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WOODLAND HILLS, CA: Northrop Grumman Corporation announces its decision to incorporate the newest cockpit technology and open architecture design in both fixed- and rotary-wing platforms.

The digital cockpit solution from Northrop Grumman supports an integrated architecture via a single software architecture that can be applied onto multiple platforms, including AH-64D/E Apache, H-60L Black Hawk and CH‑47D/F Chinook helicopters.

"By incorporating the latest open architecture technology into our mission equipment package, which is highly open and upgradable, we have achieved a system architecture that protects the government's investment over the long haul for multiple platforms," says Ike Song, Vice President, Situational Awareness Systems, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. "Our avionics solutions continue to demonstrate superior performance and low life cycle costs compared with less robust architectures."

Northrop Grumman deploys model-based design for operational flight program software certified under the DO‑178C standards that allow the pilot vehicle interface to be easily replicated on multiple platforms. This simplifies aircrew training and transition between multiple aircraft types.

The Northrop Grumman Mission Equipment Package employs a Federal Aviation Administration/European Aviation Safety Agency certified flight management system that is fully compliant with the U.S. and European communications, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management standards. The alignment of the system with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) standard enables rapid capability insertion while reducing cost and risk for system integration and upgrades.

The customers will receive exclusive government purpose rights to technical data and software from the company while eliminating the issue of vendor lock through the partitioned software architecture for the operational flight program.

The dual mission computers power the Northrop Grumman's Integrated Avionics System for cockpits that is already featured in the FlightPro Gen III mission computers via multi partitioned, 8-core PowerPC based processors. The FlightPro mission computer is a combat-proven, mature solution already installed in the UH‑1Y Venom and AH‑1Z Viper platforms under the U.S. Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program.