Flight Control Computers

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The Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions rugged, conduction-cooled, network centric flight control and management computer is designed to operate in a rugged UAV environment and provides a total flight control solution backed by substantial technical maturity and heritage. The flexible and open architecture of this flight control computer provides a future-proof and scalable platform to execute vehicle-tailored flight control law algorithms on Wind River VxWorks 6.x or ARINC 653 BSP. Curtiss-Wright's system solution is fully qualified to perform in rugged deployed environments.

Curtiss-Wright’s modular design & systems capabilities building blocks:

  • Electronic / Embedded Systems
  • COTS Cards including: Processor Cards, FPGA Processing, Networking Cards, Graphics, Data Recorders, and Storage solutions
  • BSPs & Software Tools
  • System design, engineering and integration (download the Engineering Capabilities datasheet to learn more.
  • Program Services
  • Support Services


 System Design
  • Redundant and full authority
  • Interfaces to navigation sensors, communication system, ATC IFF, actuators and flight management subsystems
 Chassis: 1 ATR, 6U 11-slot, VME/VPX-based conduction-cooled solution
 System Architecture: VME/VPX-based open architecture design
 System Processor: High-performance 6U single board computers (SBCs)
  • ARINC 429 interface
  • 4-port dual redundant MIL-STD-1553 interface
  • Analog I/O (ADC/DAC/differential and discrete) – 96 ports
  • Serial I/O (EIA-422/423/232)
 Operating System & BSP Support: Wind River VxWorks 6.x and ARINC 653 BSP
 Power: 28 VDC MIL-STD-704E power input
 Power Consumption: ~ 150W full configuration; 100W typical
 Dimensions: 13.87 x 8.1 x 11.59” (352.3 x 205.74 x 294.39 mm)
 Weight: 35 lb (15.88 kg)
 MTBF: depending on configuration
 Flight Hours: Over 20,000



  • Network Centric Warfare (NCW)
  • Electronic Warfare (EW), electronic surveillance, electronic support measures
  • UAV flight control and management
  • Vehicle Management Computer (VMC)
  • Integrated Mission Management Computer (IMMC)
  • Real-time flight critical applications
  • Avionics bus control
  • Unmanned ground vehicle control


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Flight Control Computers

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