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Northrop Grumman

“Wind River provides a key part of our software architecture. VxWorks enables all of our mission computers and all of our systems associated with our mission computers to operate effectively.”

—Tighe Paremter, Director, Northrop Grumman Aerospace

VxWorks Is the Software Platform for Northrop Grumman’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration

On February 4, 2011, The U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned aircraft successfully completed its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base in California for 29 minutes. The X-47B is an unmanned aircraft that Northrop Grumman developed for the Navy to demonstrate that an unmanned, tailless aircraft can operate safely and autonomously from aircraft carriers and refuel in-flight.

The VxWorks® real-time operating system was chosen by Northrop Grumman as the software platform for the UCAS-D program, and by GE Aviation as the foundation for the Common Core System, the backbone of UCAS-D computers, networks, and interfacing electronics. VxWorks provides the primary computing environment.

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Northrop Grumman developers leveraged VxWorks to rapidly create, deploy, and maintain critical applications for the X-47B. The VxWorks platform provides developers with a proven, reliable, high-performance solution necessary for building safety-critical control systems.

The UCAS-D program is an essential step toward the future of carrier-based unmanned systems technology. Wind River continues to be a core innovation enabler for unmanned systems, with proven commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) certification products that help companies quickly bring to market highly complex systems that must undergo rigorous military and commercial safety testing and verification.