August 14, 2014

F-35According to a recent United States Army news release, the F-35 Joint Program Office has selected the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) to conduct independent software analyses of the Joint Strike Fighter.

The Software Airworthiness and Safety Lab (SASL), a part of the AMRDEC, will perform an assessment of safety-critical embedded software, design and code that makes up the F-35 Aircraft operational flight program software. The F-35 hosts a highly integrated system that’s comprised of many parts, including a propulsion system, weapons system and an autonomic logistics system.

James Lackey, AMRDEC's Acting Director, said about performing the embedded software testing in the release, "The F-35 has over 24 million lines of code and is clearly the most complex weapons system ever designed by the DOD. The department's decision to select the Software Engineering Directorate to provide the independent software safety evaluation speaks highly of our expertise, credibility and our past demonstrated successes."

The lab performing the testing falls under the AMRDEC’s Software Engineering Directorate (SED), which has set the standards and tested code for numerous similar aviation systems to the F-35, including the AH-64 Apache, UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook. The group has also tested software within various weapons systems such as the Hellfire Missile and Sentinel Radar.

The software aboard the F-35 enables critical elements like flight controls, radar functionality, weapons deployment, and more, to operate as intended. Thorough testing of this embedded software by the AMRDEC’s team will further validate the program’s readiness for next steps.

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