Rockwell Collins to Assist in FVL Development
Rockwell Collins will assist the US Army in investigating advanced open-system architecture technologies for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft
Rockwell Collins, November 14, 2016 - CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Rockwell Collins has been selected by the United States (U.S.) Army to conduct collaborative studies on advanced system designs and integration processes for the Architecture Implementation Process Demonstration (AIPD).
As a part of the Joint Multirole (JMR) Mission Systems Architecture Demonstration (MSAD) Science and Technology (S&T) effort, this AIPD is informing standards, processes, tools and architectures for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) family of systems.
Under the agreement, Rockwell Collins will assist the U.S. Army in investigating advanced open-system architecture technologies and architectural centric model-based engineering capabilities necessary to achieve cost-effective system design and certification for future mission equipment packages (MEPs).
“Rockwell Collins is pioneering modeling and analysis methods for complex electronic equipment development, such as those envisioned to be required for FVL,” said Heather Robertson, senior director, Rotary Wing Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “These technologies automate error-prone, costly manual methods for specifying and designing products, which helps us to deliver value to our customers.”
The FVL program plans to develop a family of military vertical lift aircraft for the United States Armed Forces. Five different sizes of aircraft are to be developed, sharing common hardware such as sensors, avionics, engines and countermeasures.
As part of the JMR industry team, Rockwell Collins' work with the U.S. Army will help bring new light to the many issues surrounding affordable development of complex mission systems and inform the government's requirements developers on new techniques and processes available from industry.
Leveraging more than 15 years of open systems architecture development, Rockwell Collins continues to build upon its common, flexible and affordable solutions with new products aligned to the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Technical Standard, which has been selected by PEO AVN as part of their solution to comply with the Army's COE initiative. The AIPD task is being led by Rockwell Collins Government Systems business unit, in conjunction with its Advanced Technology Center.
About AMRDEC: The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), part of the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM), has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers. AMRDEC employs nearly 10,000 civilian scientists, researchers, and engineers.
About Rockwell Collins: Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative aviation and high-integrity solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries.
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