Avionics Design – October 2016                               
October 2016

The Avionics Design monthly E-newsletter from the editorial staff of mil-embedded.com covers hardware and software avionics designs and certification issues in the commercial and military avionics markets in the U.S. and Europe via the Military Embedded Systems partnership with Aviation Maintenance magazine and the Aviation Electronics Europe show.

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Hardware-in-the-loop simulation testing for defense and aerospace systems
Hardware-in-the-loop simulation testing for defense and aerospace systems

3With hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation testing, engineers are able to cost-effectively test aircraft components such as electronic control units (ECUs) and line-replaceable units (LRUs), running these components through complex scenarios.


Certifying COTS avionics hardware to DAL A is common sense
Certifying COTS avionics hardware to DAL A is common sense

The complexity of modern avionics systems and a demand for increased performance has placed more pressure on industry and the civil safety certification authorities for aviation worldwide to develop processes for certifying commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware to highest safety certification level – Design Assurance Level (DAL) A. In this Q&A with Paul Hart, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, he discusses the objections from the civil aviation authorities to this concept as well as the benefits of the concept, its similarities to certifying software to DO-178C, and how it might apply to unmanned aircraft.


Implementing FACE-conformant avionics systems
Implementing FACE-conformant avionics systems

The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) is a government/industry/academia initiative started by U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in 2010 to create a standard for avionics application development. The goal of FACE is to lower the cost and amount of time necessary to create open systems applications and promote reusable applications across multiple platforms. To facilitate collaboration with industry and academia, The Open Group created the FACE Consortium for the purpose of developing, publishing, and administering conformance to the specification.


Demand rising for military simulation & training tech, virtual reality tools, and head-worn displays
Demand rising for military simulation & training tech, virtual reality tools, and head-worn displays

In this Q&A with LeAnn Ridgeway, Vice President and General Manager of Simulation and Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, she covers this trend and shares her outlook for the market long term, how the industry and the government is leveraging open architectures for simulation and training, and details new innovations such as virtual reality systems that enable the military to not only train how they fight by where they fight.


Technology-integration trends in avionic displays
Technology-integration trends in avionic displays

As avionics technology advances, display manufacturers are challenged to design displays that are more functional for the operator yet cost-effective for the customer. New software and hardware advancements are leading the way, while system upgrades and standardization of components create ongoing cost efficiencies for the future.


Test and analysis tools help verify and enforce security in military systems
Test and analysis tools help verify and enforce security in military systems

Secure coding practices, properly tested and verified, can help assure the reliable and safe operations of military systems. Organizations should start from the ground up, using a combination of static and dynamic analysis, unit and integration testing, and requirements traceability.


Precision Sensors: Inertial Sensors & Rugged Electronics

Applications & Integration. Innovation and reliability for the warfighter. Available now.


Prototyping for defense tech via additive manufacturing reduces time costs

Developing any sort of defense application, whether unmanned aircraft or shipboard weapon and efficiency. The components and systems involved must not fail; otherwise, human lives could be lost. It can be expensive, however, to build prototypes, because they are often built of the same materials as the deployed parts.



Key to military display technologies: System integration
Key to military display technologies: System integration

The possibilities of display technologies in military applications; the software and networking that keeps it all together.


Obsolescence insurance
Obsolescence insurance

In the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) era, electronics obsolescence is a fact of life. Military demand represents only a tiny fraction of the commercial semiconductor market and the imperatives of the two sectors are worlds apart. The consumer market prizes constant innovation, despite the disruptions this drive entails. The military market, on the other hand, looks for the latest technology at the outset of a project, but requires logistics stability through extended development, production, and fielding cycles. Managing obsolescence issues has never been more important, given today’s budgetary austerity.



U.S. Army's UH-60 displays units scheduled to be serviced by 2020
U.S. Army's UH-60 displays units scheduled to be serviced by 2020

U.S. Army officials selected Rockwell Collins to service the MFD-268C4 multi-function display (MFD) units for the UH-60M Black Hawk fleet. The follow-on indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract spans over five years and will service up to 2,160 units.





Interoperable tech opportunities growing in U.S. UAS market, analysts say
Interoperable tech opportunities growing in U.S. UAS market, analysts say

The U.S. military, looking to minimize training requirements, is channeling funding toward platform upgrades and autonomy especially in unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), say analysts at Frost & Sullivan. The U.S. Air Force wants to upgrade its UAS programs by deploying an open architecture, ensuring standards-based modularity to enable plug and play sensors and implementing quick hardware and software upgrades, according to Frost & Sullivan.


B/E Aerospace to be sold to Rockwell Collins
B/E Aerospace to be sold to Rockwell Collins

B/E Aerospace and Rockwell Collins representatives have entered into a definitive agreement under which Rockwell Collins will acquire B/E Aerospace for approximately $6.4 billion in cash and stock, plus the assumption of $1.9 billion in net debt, for $8.3 billion in total consideration.


3D-printed, safety critical parts fly on V-22 Osprey
3D-printed, safety critical parts fly on V-22 Osprey

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) officials announced the completion of a flight demonstrating flight critical aircraft component built using additive manufacturing (AM) techniques also known as 3D printing.


USAF & Rockwell Collins complete flight test demonstrating Wideband HF connectivity
USAF & Rockwell Collins complete flight test demonstrating Wideband HF connectivity

The U.S. Air Force and Rockwell Collins collaborated in a demonstration to transfer data from a C-17 airborne aircraft to a ground station over a Wideband High Frequency (WBHF) channel.


U.S. Army's AH-64E Apache helicopter to receive sensor upgrades
U.S. Army's AH-64E Apache helicopter to receive sensor upgrades

Lockheed Martin engineers will upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64E Apache helicopter under a U.S. Army contract worth an estimated $49.3 million.


Combat helmet-mounted IDVS combines data with multispectral vision sensors
Combat helmet-mounted IDVS combines data with multispectral vision sensors

At the Land Forces 2016 in Adelaide, Australia Rockwell Collins officials introduced a combat helmet-mounted Integrated Digital Vision System (IDVS) for warfighters. It is a display system that combines real-time mission data with multispectral vision sensors into one view.


All 147 Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters to get tech reset
All 147 Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters to get tech reset

U.S. Marine Corps officials announced that a a full reset of the Corps' CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters has begun and is aiming to significantly increasing the number of operationally fit aircraft.




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