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BAE SYSTEMS Selects Wind River for Use in the Tornado Advanced Radar Display Information System - TARDIS

  • Wind River General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition, to serve as device software foundation for state-of-the-art radar information system used for Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 Aircraft
  • Wind River’s subscription based licensing model and Wind River General Purpose Platform enable BAE SYSTEMS to accelerate the device software development process

PARIS and ALAMEDA, CA. – PARIS AIR SHOW -- June 13, 2005 – Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization, today announced that BAE SYSTEMS selected the Wind River General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition for use in the Tornado Advanced Radar Display Information System (TARDIS). The TARDIS will replace existing radar projected map displays used in the Tornado GR4 aircraft and will go into service with the Royal Air Force by December 2006. With Wind River’s subscription-based licensing model and integrated Platform, BAE SYSTEMS can develop and run its state-of-the art device software better, faster, at a lower cost and more reliably.

"The designs for the TARDIS system are highly sophisticated, and we knew that we needed a technology partner with proven avionics application expertise and a flexible business model in order to make this project come to life in a timely and cost-effective manner," said a BAE SYSTEMS spokesperson. "By standardizing on the Wind River Platform for the TARDIS project, we have a software foundation that can allow us to accelerate the development of the design and meet the stringent requirements for safety and security."

The Tornado GR4 is the Royal Air Force’s primary attack aircraft and is one of the most powerful in the world today. TARDIS will replace existing radar projected map display and digital scan converter systems currently used in the Tornado’s rear cockpit. BAE SYSTEMS Avionics was selected as the prime subcontractor for the TARDIS, which will be built using Wind River General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition. The system will provide the latest in radar processing, graphics, and map generation software and represents a significant technological advance for the Royal Air Force Tornado fleet. BAE SYSTEMS will complete system development, conduct flight trials and modify the aircraft to receive the new displays.

"Device software optimization is a business-critical discipline and nowhere more so than in avionics systems, where software is often a life-critical differentiator," said Rob Hoffman, program director, aerospace and defense field operations, Wind River. "By selecting the Wind River Platform for the TARDIS project, BAE SYSTEMS can focus on the value-added device software innovation that will provide the Royal Air Force with a heightened situational awareness and critical tactical advantage during flight."

In addition to the TARDIS, Wind River and BAE SYSTEMS have partnered together on several other projects including BAE SYSTEMS' JCAD ChemSentry™ chemical detection system, which provides local detection and early warning of chemical agents and toxic industrial chemicals for military and first responder personnel. Additionally, the two companies have collaborated on the SCC500™ Series of infrared camera cores, which are designed to convert infrared energy (heat) emitted from objects into a viewable image, providing enhanced vision independent of darkness, smoke and other common obscurants.

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