General Dynamics Mission Systems–UK (Facility J3 on J row) has been awarded a contract by Leonardo Helicopters (previously AgustaWestland) to update the Stores Management Systems (SMS) aboard Royal Navy WILDCAT helicopters.
The SMS update will introduce new functionality to control two new missile types, previously known as Future Air to Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW). These missile types are the SEA VENOM from MBDA and the MARTLET from Thales.
Under the contract, the company will: Develop new safety-critical software to control the complex MIL-STD-1760 missile interfaces; implement plug and play software architecture, which will significantly reduce the cost of integrating future weapons; introduce hardware design changes to the existing SMS design to support two additional weapon stations on the helicopter, design and manufacture a handheld test set to allow the helicopter electrical interfaces to be rapidly tested in conjunction with the SMS Built-in-Test capability; re-test and certify the overall SMS functionality in accordance with UK safety standards DEF-STAN 0055/56; and update the existing in-service SMS equipment to the ‘FASGW’ standard.
General Dynamics Mission Systems–UK will deliver initial software releases in early 2017 for rig testing at the Leonardo Helicopters facility in Yeovil, England, before flight testing commences later in the year. Missile firing trials and full helicopter clearance testing will continue through 2018 and 2019.