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Northrop Grumman Selects Wind River for Black Hawk Cockpit Digitization Program

March 18, 2015 | By Business Wire News


Wind River®, a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems, has announced that Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has selected Wind River VxWorks® 653 Platform for its latest helicopter digitization avionics mission equipment package to be integrated onto the Black Hawk UH-60V helicopter.

Part of the Wind River product portfolio of safe and secure operating systems, VxWorks 653 is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platform for supporting delivery of safety-critical, integrated modular avionics (IMA) applications. It provides Northrop Grumman with a DO-178C certifiable, upgradable platform that is aligned with the latest government initiatives to reduce program lifecycle costs.

Wind River recently released updates to VxWorks 653, including 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.

“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,” said Dinyar Dastoor, vice president and general manager of operating system platforms. “Wind River is proud to be a trusted technology supplier to Northrop Grumman for such an important program, and is very pleased to continue helping our customers drive innovation in their next-generation avionics platforms.”

“By incorporating VxWorks 653 into our mission equipment package, we have achieved a system architecture that helps protect our customers’ long term investment for multiple platforms,” said Ike Song, vice president, Situational Awareness Systems at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. “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.”

For more than three decades, Wind River has been a trusted advisor in the development of safety- and mission-critical products. Used in over 325 programs by more than 185 customers on over 70 aircraft, VxWorks 653 serves as a key technology in a wide range of commercial, military, and space safety- and mission-critical programs, both manned and unmanned, around the globe.

More information about Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform is available at To learn more about the company’s work in the aerospace and defense segments, visit

About Wind River

Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel® Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems. The company has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in nearly 2 billion products. Wind River offers the industry’s most comprehensive embedded software portfolio, supported by world-class global professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River delivers the technology and expertise that enables the innovation and deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems. To learn more, visit Wind River at

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