According to a recent company news release, Raytheon’s first major software build for the new Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) successfully tracked a simulated Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) target, verifying the infrastructure and functionality of the build which was made possible by the company’s agile methods and embedded software testing strategy.
In order to achieve this project milestone, Raytheon used agile methods which promoted accelerated development, early risk mitigation and increased software maturity. The pace of agile testing sped up the cycle time from development to simulation, the frequency of deliveries into system integration, and the cadence of overall program progress.
Raytheon's Tad Dickenson, AMDR program manager, said in the release, "By leveraging the agile process, as well as reuse of radar software architecture, simulation data, and experience gained during the Technology Demonstration phase, execution of the AMDR program continues on-schedule. Realizing the benefits of best practices and the talent and expertise of our team, the program continues to advance toward targeted radar delivery for the first DDG 51 Flight III ship in 2019."
The AMDR’s first software build was validated with the track-loop simulation. The software was able to effectively detect the AAW target and track its path using data and feedback provided by the radar. This is not the first time Raytheon has used an agile method, as it was followed as part of the DDG 1000 program for the development of more than six million lines of software code.
Embedded software testing and agile development continues to play a critical role in Raytheon’s defense systems. By following agile methods, Raytheon has been able to demonstrate the AMDR’s functionality less than eight months after the contract was awarded.
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