Airborne Payload Management Computer

Airborne Payload Management Computer
Airborne Payload Management Computer
Case Study
January 13, 2015

Airborne Payload Management Computer

Curtiss-Wright is a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, providing an optimized, scalable, flexible and affordable Advanced Mission Management System (AMMS) solution for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), designed and built to meet the U.S. Navy's maritime surveillance needs.

Curtiss-Wright leveraged previous UAS system development experience in supplying the Sensor Management Unit (SMU) system to Northrop Grumman for the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS and used it to design the AMMS for Triton.

The AMMS ties all onboard payload sensors and interfaces to the communication link in the UAS. The AMMS is a rugged VPX module-based system that integrates an internal volatile storage system, a new DIO sub-system and a Discipline Rubidium Oscillator (DRO) module, along with Curtiss-Wright's latest Freescale Power Architecture VPX single board computer modules and Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network switch modules.

Curtiss-Wright's AMMS solution adds to the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities of Triton and contributes to the success of the overall program.

The successful execution of the AMMS is the result of collaborative and innovative efforts between Northrop Grumman's and Curtiss-Wright's engineering teams. Along with the AMMS hardware, Curtiss-Wright provides Board Support Packages (BSPs). These BSPs feature expanded Built-in Test (BIT) capabilities and enable Northrop Grumman to integrate their Operational Flight Program (OFP) software in order to support the full range of AMMS requirements.

Overall, Curtiss-Wright's rugged and deployed systems provide scalable and flexible solutions, ranging in size and power for use on manned aircraft and on unmanned aircraft, such as the Triton.

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