Embedded Avionics, Military

Lockheed Martin to Use LynxOS RTOS for U.K. AWACS

By Tish Drake | January 26, 2012
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Lockheed Martin will use the LynxOS real-time operating system (RTOS) and Luminosity Integrated Development Environment (IDE) from LynuxWorks for use on the U.K. Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The U.K.’s AWACS aircraft were designed to provide an airborne early warning capability by tracking aircraft at extended ranges.

“In recent years, LynuxWorks software has been selected for a growing list of current and next-generation aircraft. This is one more example of LynxOS’ strength to meet demanding security and mission-critical software requirements,” said Robert Day, vice president of marketing at LynuxWorks.

LynxOS combines hard real-time embedded technology with broad conformance to open and de facto standards like Linux, POSIX and UNIX. All operating system components within LynxOS are designed for absolute determinism -- hard real-time performance, according to the company. LynxOS includes the latest version of the Luminosity IDE offering development, debug and analysis tools integrated into an industry standard Eclipse-based framework for maximum interoperability. LynuxWorks’ mission-critical operating systems including LynxOS and the safety certified LynxOS-178 currently run in more than 1 million embedded applications, according to the company.

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