Northrop Grumman cockpit technology available for multiple platforms

26 June 2014

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) said it is incorporating the newest cockpit technology and open architecture design in both fixed- and rotary-wing platforms.

The cornerstones of Northrop Grumman´s integrated, open system are mature and proven technology, as well as a partitioned software architecture that minimizes life cycle cost while enabling easy capability upgrades well into the future.

Northrop Grumman´s digital cockpit solution features an integrated architecture that can be applied to multiple platforms, including AH-64D/E Apache, H-60L Black Hawk and CH‑47D/F Chinook helicopters, through a single software package. Northrop Grumman utilizes model-based design for operational flight program software that is certifiable under the new DO‑178C standards and that allows the pilot vehicle interface to be easily replicated on multiple platforms, simplifying aircrew training and the transition between multiple aircraft types. The Northrop Grumman Mission Equipment Package employs a Federal Aviation Administration/European Aviation Safety Agency certified flight management system that is fully compliant with US and European communications, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management standards.

Additionally, the avionics system is Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) compliant, enabling rapid capability insertion while reducing cost and risk for system integration and upgrades. Northrop Grumman provides full, unlimited government purpose rights to technical data and software, providing the customer with unprecedented flexibility while minimizing vendor lock and obsolescence issues. Vendor lock is also eliminated through the partitioned software architecture for the operational flight program.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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