Boeing Selects Wind River Workbench as the Device Software Development Tool Suite for the U.S. Army's Future Combat System (FCS) Program
|Wind River to Help Increase Overall Program Productivity for Transformational Army Initiative|
ALAMEDA, Calif. – March 17, 2006 –Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), today announced that the U.S. Army's Future Combat System (FCS) program will standardize on Wind River® Workbench as the foundation of the FCS Software Development Environment for its software development activities. Faced with the challenge of managing one of the most complex software development projects in history, Boeing [NYSE: BA], as Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) for FCS, chose to standardize on a single development environment for FCS software development. Boeing selected Wind River Workbench, based on its ability to operate across multiple development sites, hosts, operating systems and companies developing for the FCS program. Wind River's involvement in the FCS program stands to increase overall productivity while significantly reducing risk, complexity and program costs compared to traditional development environments.
The FCS forms the basis for the visionary transformation plan from the U.S. Army, and is aimed at increasing the Army's agility, improving its capability to go anywhere and overcome any adversary. The FCS program, considered the core building block of the Army's future force, consists of the following elements:
Because all of the constituent parts of the FCS program are viewed as systems in themselves -- including the 18 platforms, the network itself, and even the individual soldier -- it is commonly referred to as a "system of systems." The network is being designed by more than 2000 developers in various development sites across the United States to enhance coordination among all U.S. forces, as well as between U.S. and coalition forces. FCS will allow soldiers to link to sensors, to unmanned air platforms, and to manned and unmanned ground platforms using advanced communications and technologies.
The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry today is undergoing rapid transformation as devices require increasing levels of connectivity, interoperability and reliability, combined with decreasing size, weight, and power consumption. Without effective development processes in place, the strict safety and interoperability requirements of the A&D industry can make the costs of innovation exorbitant. In order to remain competitive in today's fast changing landscape, A&D manufacturers must optimize their device software development processes to rapidly build next-generation applications.
This project was competitively bid against multiple companies to provide the FCS program with a common development environment. Wind River's Eclipse-based development suite, Wind River Workbench, stood out for its ability to increase productivity, enable collaboration between hardware and software developers, and meet the diverse development needs of the FCS program.
"The FCS program sought a common software development environment that was an extensible, standards-based platform, to address a broad range of needs for its software development projects," said Paul Schoen, Director of Software for SoSCOE, FCS. "Based on these and other defined criteria, the historical evidence of Wind River Workbench's Eclipse foundation promises a significant increase in productivity due to its flexibility, ease-of-use and scalability."
Wind River enables A&D manufacturers to optimize their device software development and create applications with more interoperability, safety, security and connectivity. The company provides a fully integrated commercial off-the-shelf solution to its more than 900 A&D customers, including both an operating system and integrated development suite. With Wind River, A&D device manufacturers can develop safety critical, standards-based, integrated, modular A&D applications faster, better, and at lower costs.
"Wind River is honored to be part of the FCS 'One Team' – a highly-skilled task force of organizations committed to the success of the U.S. Army's transformation initiative," said Ken Klein, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Wind River. "As the common development suite for FCS, Wind River Workbench, along with our world-class support and specialized professional services team, stands to further solidify Wind River's position as the de facto industry standard for the A&D market."
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