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Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 Selected by EADS/CASA the Spanish Aerospace Division of EADS


  • Selected by EADS/CASA for its new air-to-air refueling boom system project
  • Wind River is the only company with a Platform that is ARINC 653 Supplement 1 compliant

London, July 26 2004 - Wind River Systems [NASDAQ: WIND], the global leader in device software optimization (DSO), today announced that EADS/CASA’s Military Transport Aircraft Division (MTAD), selected Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 as the device software foundation for its new boom air-to-air refueling technology (ARBS) . Wind River was selected because it is the only device software vendor with a Platform that is ARINC 653 Supplement 1 compliant. It is also the only company to offer a flexible licensing model, allowing EADS and its divisions to develop mission critical applications better, faster at a lower cost and more reliably.

“This new application will provide the Airbus family with a high quality, flexible, low risk and cost-effective technology that will meet short and mid term military tanking transport requirements. Wind River’s unflagging commitment to safety critical application development and certification made them an ideal fit for this boom control application,” said E. Martin, MTAD Systems software manager. “With Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653, we have the complete foundation required to build and certify our application.”

MTAD is responsible for all military transport aircraft derivatives within EADS, including the Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT). The A330 MRTT is derived from EADS’ Airbus A330 aircraft, which is the leader in its commercial market segment. With Wind River, MTAD is developing the control software for the new tail boom that will enable air-to-air refueling.

The device software that will control these mid-air refueling operations requires RTCA DO-178B level A safety certification, and the foundation operating system must be ARINC 653 compliant. Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 is designed to provide fully integrated device software platforms that meet these stringent safety certifications. The Platform is based on VxWorks AE653, a fully ARINC653 Supplement 1 compliant operating system, which enables application of different safety levels to share computing resources and is also specifically designed to support complex, partitioned applications such as the refueling project.

“Through its integrated platforms, Wind River continues to enable its customers to drive advances in safety critical applications,” Andreas Pabinger, vice president EMEA for Wind River. “With another one of its division selecting the Wind River Platform, EADS continues to streamline its device software development while leveraging the industry’s leading device software.”

The Royal Australian Air Force has selected the A330 MRTT to meet their refuelling requirements, and the first of five aircrafts is scheduled for delivery in2008. The A310-300, which is owned by EADS/MTAD, will be the first aircraft that will include this new system. It will also be used as the demonstration aircraft for the boom system qualification in 2005.

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in device software optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop and run software faster, better, less expensively and more reliably. Wind River Platforms tightly integrate a rich set of market-leading operating systems, development tools and middleware with services to provide a complete foundation that meets the specific requirements of a vertical market. Wind River's products and professional services are used in multiple markets including aerospace and defence, automotive, digital consumer, industrial, and network infrastructure. Companies from around the world turn to Wind River to create the most reliable products and to accelerate their time to market.

Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif., with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at http://www.europe.windriver.com or call Wind River at +44 (0)1793 831 831.

About EADS
EADS European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (www.eads.net) is the largest European aerospace company and the No 2 worldwide. The company has a workforce of 102,967 (end of 2001). It is active in the sectors of commercial aircraft, helicopters, space, military transport and combat aircraft as well as defence technology and services. Among others, EADS holds 80 percent of Airbus, 75 percent of the space company Astrium, 100 percent of the helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, 43 percent in the Eurofighter programme and 37.5 percent in the missile company MBDA.

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