KC-390 aircraft

Embraer Defense and Security has chosen Real-Time Innovations’ (RTI) Connext Data Distribution Service (DDS) to enhance software development for mission critical avionics of the Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB) KC-390 military transport aircraft.

The data-centric messaging solution is scheduled to be installed on the KC-390’s mission computer to facilitate integration of software applications running on top of a multitude of CPUs and operating systems, with little or no disruption to the existing software.

RTI chief commercial officer Curt Schacker said: ”Our leading-edge technology enables faster deployment and increased software development productivity for large-scale, mission critical systems."

Equipped with the highest US Department of Defense’s (DoD) maturity level, TRL 9, Connext DDS is capable of lowering the time, cost and risk of adopting a real-time service oriented architecture (SOA) and open architecture (OA) applications.

Suitable in assisting software development for Embraer’s KC-390 mission computer, the software can also be employed for inter-partition, as well as inter-node communications.

The software is currently being used on VxWorks 653 of the integrated modular avionics (IMA) of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft, which is being acquired by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) from the US.

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Embraer is currently manufacturing 28 KC-390 aircraft, as part of a $1.3bn contract awarded by FAB in April 2009, to help replace its existing 22 C-130E/Hs and KC-130 aircraft fleet.

Powered by two IAE V2500-E5 turbofan engines, the KC-390 is a medium-lift military transport aircraft designed to conduct troop and cargo transport in Antarctic and Amazon regions, as well as aerial delivery, in-flight refuelling, search and rescue (SAR), and medical evacuation missions.

The aircraft’s initial test flight is expected to take place in 2014, followed by entry into operational service in 2016.

Image: An impression of the Brazilian Air Force’s KC-390 military transport aircraft.

Defence Technology