Embedded Avionics, Military

Presagis to Supply Software Package for MC-130J

By Tish Drake | February 24, 2012
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Presagis, of Montreal, will supply APS XT-178 DO-178B Level A human machine interface (HMI) tool for use in developing embedded graphics displays for the Special Mission Processor (SMP) for Lockheed Martin's MC-130J Increment 3 program for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

“By greatly reducing the effort required within the software design, coding and testing phases of the graphics display development lifecycle, VAPS XT-178 dramatically shortens the time required for developing certifiable embedded software products,” said Robert Kopersiewich, vice president embedded graphics and mission critical solutions at Presagis. “We are pleased to be expanding our relationship with Lockheed Martin by providing them with software that not only meets certification requirements, but also reduces time and costs significantly."

Presagis VAPS XT-178 will run on the MC-130J Variant and offers a path to compliance with the new DO-178C guidance. VAPS XT-178 can be used for both ARINC 661 and non-ARINC 661 programs. Moreover, with its runtime architecture, VAPS XT-178 can produce displays that will run on a variety of software and hardware environments, according to Presagis.

In September, Lockheed Martin delivered the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II to AFSOC, the first of 20 currently on order. The aircraft, which is based on a KC-130J tanker baseline, has the Enhanced Service Life Wing, Enhanced Cargo Handling System, a Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation (boom refueling receptacle), an electro-optical/infrared sensor, a combat systems operator station on the flight deck, and dual Satcom.

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