BAE Systems selects Wind River for development of Tempest combat software

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BAE Systems has selected Wind River to provide the software development and test platform for the development of the sixth-generation Tempest fighter aircraft.

Last August, the Ministry of Defense (MOD) awarded a contract worth approximately £250 million ($348 million) to BAE Systems to advance the design and development of Tempest, the UK’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS). An industry consortium that also includes lead partners Rolls Royce, Leonardo and MBDA is working with the UK’s RAF Rapid Capabilities Office and the MOD to develop the fighter by 2035.

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The future Tempest combat air system will use artificial intelligence (AI) systems to use new capabilities such as manned or unmanned flight or to use swarming technology to control drones.

Tempest is currently in the design and evaluation phase, which will see a range of digital concepts developed and new tools and techniques to design, evaluate and shape the final design and capabilities of Tempest used.

BAE Systems will use Wind River’s VxWorks 653 platform and associated DO-178C DAL B security certification evidence sets, and AdaCore GNAT Pro Assurance as part of ongoing technology demonstration project work in support of the program.

Wind River Studio is a cloud-native platform for the development, deployment, operations, and maintenance of mission-critical intelligent systems.

Avijit Sinha, Wind River’s Chief Product Officer, said, “The selection of our industry-leading technology demonstrates Wind River’s continued leadership in safety-critical real-time software solutions for avionics.

According to search by Wind River the use of intelligent systems is becoming increasingly important in aerospace and defence. “True remote computing and the ability to emulate and simulate in real time are two of the most important features of intelligent systems for future success. In this industry, the ability to make accurate and quick decisions in high-risk scenarios is critical, and artificial intelligence is becoming an increasingly important investment,” the company said.

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