Wind River Technology Essential for Avionics Communications System

Posted: April 10, 2014

Wind River VxWorks MILS Platform provides secure operating system foundation for new avionics communications system.
Lockheed Martin project demonstrates how open system architecture affordably enables new avionics capabilities.
Company’s product portfolio for trusted systems enables embedded virtualization and mixed-level safety/security application consolidation.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – April 8, 2014 – Wind River®, a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems, announced that Lockheed Martin relied on Wind River VxWorks® MILS Platform to provide a separation kernel-based security foundation for its new avionics communications system that was recently flight-tested.

Lockheed Martin’s independently funded research and development effort, called Project Missouri, demonstrates how an Open System Architecture (OSA) enables quick and affordable integration of new capabilities on multiple platforms without major changes to the aircraft. The new communications system enables F-22 and F-35 avionics systems to communicate with one another, important as the latter is expected to enter service next year. The system can also enable communications to legacy avionics systems such as F-15, F-16, and F-18 families.

“Being able to leverage commercial processing hardware and software is a key element to meeting the affordability objectives of our customers by reducing software porting and development costs,” said Ron Bessire, vice president of Program and Technology Integration at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®.  “The Wind River VxWorks MILS product helped us achieve this objective and still meet our Information Assurance requirements.”

VxWorks MILS Platform is part of the Wind River product portfolio for trusted systems. It provides an operating runtime environment designed for systems having high security, high assurance, and high performance requirements, and that run on modern, multi-core processors. The platform significantly reduces costs by enabling consolidated applications with mixed domains or security levels on a single multi-core processor-based hardware platform.

“Knowing that Wind River technology helped the Project Missouri team achieve up to a 60 percent reduction in the development, integration and test timelines is extremely rewarding,” said Dinyar Dastoor, vice president of product management at Wind River.  “Lockheed Martin’s successful flight test proves the maturity of VxWorks MILS, and we are very pleased to continue hearing from our customers that the platform serves as a critical secure foundation for a wide range of innovative projects and programs.”

More information about Wind River VxWorks MILS Platform is available at

About Wind River
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel® Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems. The company has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 1 billion products. Wind River offers the industry’s most comprehensive embedded software portfolio supported by world-class global professional services and support, and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River delivers the technology and expertise that enables the innovation and deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems. To learn more, visit Wind River at