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Avionics

General Dynamics UK has over 50 years’ avionics experience in technical leadership, technology development and adoption – through-life support and manufacturing expertise.  We are the key provider of avionics systems onto the Typhoon, Tornado, AW-159 Lynx Wildcat and AW-101 Merlin within the UK.

Within the avionics domain, General Dynamics UK focusses on high assurance processing platforms with well-defined open interfaces, information and video management, and communication links.  The avionics business unit within General Dynamics Mission Systems–UK has six capabilities focus areas:

  • Weapons Management and Integration
  • Video Processing
  • Digital Mapping
  • Tactical / Mission Computing
  • Secure Data Recorders
  • Tactical Data Link Processing

Design

With a multi-disciplined engineering work force focusing on areas including: software, hardware, firmware, systems, mechanical, safety and security – General Dynamics UK is an accredited design organisation focussed on advanced mission and ISR platforms.

Capabilities range from definition and requirements capture through equipment design, rig and ground integration trials to, if appropriate, ground and flight trials. The companies recognised safety certification allows full customer support with analysis and data to provide certification for platforms.

Company processes provide a well-established framework covering all programme aspects from programme capture to in service support. The engineering and manufacturing integrated product development process gives clear task definition and ownership, encourages integrated teamwork with customers and suppliers and provides schedule stability and predictability

These considerable capabilities, processes and expertise are brought together to ensure successful completion of any integration, hardware or software development programme.

Manufacturing

The Company has a 40,000 square foot dedicated manufacturing facility, with on-site environmental testing facilities and a multi-skilled, rotational workforce, based in Hastings.

Integration

General Dynamics UK is a world leader in the integration of Mission Systems. The company operates in an Integrated Product Team (IPT) environment to ensure that systems fully meet the requirements, while maintaining the flexibility required to ensure that cost, risk and in-service support aspects are not compromised.

Capabilities range from definition and requirements capture through equipment design, rig and ground integration trials to, if appropriate, ground and flight trials. The recognised safety certification allows full customer support with analysis and data to provide full weapon certification for platforms.

  • Mission and Weapon Systems integration
  • Requirements capture
  • Detailed design
  • Ground and flight trials
  • Integrated processes
  • Comprehensive accreditation.

This capability is underpinned by a comprehensive range of accreditations, including SEI CMM Level 3 – one of only a few companies outside the USA to have been accredited to level 3 of the software capability maturity model.

Company processes provide a well-established framework covering all programme aspects from programme capture to in service support. The engineering and manufacturing integrated product development process gives clear task definition and ownership, encourages integrated teamwork with customers and suppliers and provides schedule stability and predictability.

These considerable capabilities, processes and expertise are brought together to ensure successful completion of any integration, hardware or software development programme.

Tactical Information Exchange Capability (TIEC)

General Dynamics UK was selected in 2004 to work in partnership with BAE Systems to provide Harrier GR9 and Tornado GR4 with battlespace situational awareness.

The TIEC integrated sub-system is being developed by a team led by Mission Systems, comprising Rockwell Collins and Innovative Concepts. It will use data exchanged via the on-board Link 16 terminal and / or the Improved Data Modem to generate and display tactical information on the platform’s head-down displays. The sub-system integrates a number of key technologies including digital mapping, real time embedded databases, track management, advanced software architecture (ASAAC) which keeps the software application independent of the processor hardware and data recording, as well as the specific datalink parsers. The programme is in the final stages of the Assessment Phase, with technology readiness level (TRL) 6 demonstrations and Main Gate business case submission scheduled for later this year.

Apache Bowman Connectivity

A data communications system that provides bi-directional ground-to-air connectivity between Bowman-enabled ground based assets and the WAH Apache helicopter. The solution centres on a mobile gateway, based on proven Improved Data Modem (IDM) technology, which is used in conjunction with modified Apache Mission Planning software package.

Spanish EF-18

A tactical pilot awareness computer that provides an advanced computing architecture for the execution of platform applications along with embedded digital mapping and IDM capabilities which provide interoperability with other assets such as the Typhoon.

Spanish FAC

A ground based computing solution that allows forward aircraft controllers data connectivity with IDM enabled air assets.

Lynx Wildcat

General Dynamics UK is contracted to provide the Tactical Processor for the Lynx Wildcat helicopter programme. The Tactical Processor project will deliver the processing platform for the operational flight programme through an ASAAC software architecture providing access to integrated video conversion and distribution, digital mapping through SoftMap® and solid state recording. The Tactical Processor also incorporates Bowman capability.

Eurofighter/Typhoon

General Dynamics UK is the prime contractor for the communications audio management unit, which includes IDM technology, the video voice recorder and the dedicated warnings panel. Workshare partner for the attack and navigation computer and the armament control system, and subcontractor for the mission de-brief system and decoy dispenser I/F unit.