F35 Joint Strike fighter

Examples of Core Competencies for Aircraft-to-Weapon Systems Integration

WINTEC Core Competencies (since 1983):

  • Avionics and Stores Management System Development
  • Platform/Carriage/Store Innovative R&D
  • Weapon System Integration, Emulation, and Simulation
  • Special Test Equipment Development
  • Unmanned Systems Design, Development, Integration & Test (ground robotics)
  • Software/Firmware Design, Dev., Integration & Test (Embedded Real-Time Safety-Critical Software)
  • Hardware Design, Development, Integration, and Test
  • Rapid Prototyping of Hardware/Software QRC Solutions
  • Production of Weapons Enabling Subsystems (Stores Mgmt, Tactical Sys. CPUs, many carriage systems)
  • Weapon Open System Architecture (developing the logical ICD)

Special Platform-to-Weapons Integration:

Dragon Spear, SDB I on AC-130W: Developed BRU-61 Translation Bridge (BTB) hardware/software to interface Navy Battle Management System (BMS) to BRU-61/SDB I loadouts on C-130 outboard wing stations for ‘Grand Slam’ project. Supported all pre-release requirements up to safe separation for SDB I’s. (6 mo QRC). Developed direct interface to SBD I’s via JMMI interface for ‘Double Play’ for aft CNU ejection from C-130 (ramp-only test due to funds limfac).

Adaptive Carriage Environment (ACE): Supported roll-on/roll-off capability for non-conventional platforms (C-130) employing PGMs. Demo’ed UAI-weapons backwards compatibility to non-UAI aircraft platforms. Built ACE Translation Bridge (ATB) to translate Griffin RS422 to UAI-Compliant Griffin simulator EBR1553 interface.

Scan Eagle Compressed Carriage (SECC): Developed Adaptable UAI Translator (AUT) for Navy BMS to EBR 1553 JMMI interface to the SECC vehicle to support pre-release demonstration in WINTEC’s laboratory (unable to get Boeing asset for flight test).

Light Attack Aircraft (LAA) Armament Control System (ACS): Designed, developed, and initiated production (6 mo QRC) multi carriage/multi store configurations on LAA platforms. A-kit included Tactical Systems Computer, Armament Interface Unit, Tactical Control Panel, Armament Control Panel; B-kit included various weapons control interfaces for laser-guided missile and laser-guided rocket launchers and various bomb-rack single/dual configurations. Provided production of ACS suites for four dozen aircraft.

MQ-1B–JDAM Integration: Supported early JDAM integration on Predator B (predecessor to MQ-9) working at General Atomics providing armament requirements, ICD development, stores management functions; and providing six JDAM-store emulators for SIL and flight-line integration development.

High-Density Carriage Rack R&D: Developing the electrical/electronic/software weapon employment capability in support of AFRL technology demonstration of internal ejection devices within the stores to increase carriage density for volumetrically limited weapon bays.

Miniature Air-Launched Rawinsonde and Dropsonde (MALRD): SBIR II (Edwards) that led to development of a miniaturized dropsonde package ejected via an ALE-47 ASE flare magazine with drogue and main parachute for descent. Measured pressure, temperature, humidity, GPS-based E/N winds and other metrics along an air column to characterize atmospheric conditions prior to flight vehicle testing. Data telemetered to ground station during descent.

Cirit Translator Unit (CTU): Developed an internal translator unit to process ethernet-based messaging and convert to MIL-STD-1760 interface at the launcher. Includes all power, discrete, and digital sources required by launcher systems for SAL-guided rocket systems.

MIL-STD-1760 BRU-61 Interface Tester (MBIT): Emulates the BRU-61A. Simulates the BRU discovery process, BRU initialization, and store jettison to the BMS in AC-130W aircraft. Validates required platform functions at the MIL-STD-1760 interface. Used for flight line testing at wing station interfaces.

Dual-Rail Launcher Test Set: Test all pre-launch functionality of a semi-active laser guided missiles including signal, power and performs system power fault checks.

Software Support UTC Hamilton Sundstrand: supported F-15 Programmable Armament Control System (PACS) development; supported Air Management Systems domain and Power Management Systems domain software development under DO-178B/C processes for Airbus A-380 and Boeing 787 software teams onsite at UTC.

Emulators and Test Support Equipment:

Platform Emulators: Developed and produces UAI-compliant Platform Emulators Units for all UAI R/T messages superset for MIL-STD-1760 and MMSI interfaces. Accepts Configuration Data Sets (CDS) files and may be tailored to specific platform annexes.

Carriage Emulators: Provides emulator integration and test units that provide all physical, logical, electrical, signal interfaces that are identical to real-world bomb rack or missile/rocket launcher systems. The Multiple Launcher Emulators have supported all Apache to Hellfire M-299 and M-310 configurations and supports any model Hellfire (K through R & latest JAGM) to be emulated for software development and integration testing. WINTEC also supports many diverse smart bomb rack configurations with the Multi-Store/Rack Emulator (MRSE) units that support many J-series weapon stores. Emulators are invaluable in the platform-carriage-store systems integrations as the actual carriage/store do not have to be used, and faults may be injected to determine the level of robustness in the platform and/or carriage subsystems and software. WINTEC developed the MLE6L has been used to support the Navy Longbow integration on the LCS surface ship. Ultimately the Navy will use the VLS for launch of up to 24 LC8 (Longbow variant) missiles for close-in ship protection.

Store Emulators: WINTEC also develops emulators that represent the weapon store interfaces to the smart rack or missile launcher carriage systems. In this case, the actual power/signal/logical/discreet interface at the weapon store is emulated and behaviors represented of the actual weapon store are exercised. WINTEC demonstrated Store Side Platform Specific Implementation (PSI) compliance of a weapon interface relative to the Boeing UAI Certification Tool.

[All development projects require the approval of the cognizant DoD Service program office authorities for interface data and information.]

Integration Specifications Support

MIL-STD-1760 ICD development: WINTEC’s founder led the original development of the MIL-STD-1760 ICD while employed at AFRL prior to their forming WINTEC.

Universal Armament Interface development: WINTEC developed the first draft of the UAI ICD under an AFRL SBIR Phase II risk reduction contract, and facilitated early meetings with Industry, before it evolved to current major primes membership.

SAE AS-5725 Miniature Munition/Store (MMSI) Interface: Significant long-term participation in the development of the AS-5725 MMSI specification.

SAE AS-5726 Interface for Micro Munitions (IMM) interface: Significant long-term participation in the development of the AS-5726 IMM specification.

SAE AS-4 Joint Autonomous Unmanned Systems (JAUS): Principal contributor to the JAUS specifications largely for ground robotics applications emphasizing open systems architectures.

SAE AS-1 Aircraft Systems and System Integration: Significant long-term participants in the development of standards in various subcommittees.

Weapon Open Systems Architecture: WINTEC developed the current draft for the WOSA ICD and facilitated many of the early meetings. We are currently engaged in evolving the ICD going forward.

WINTEC SBIR TITLEPHASES AWARDEDTOPIC #
Fiber-Optic Networking Technology for Advanced Payload Integration on F-35 and Other PlatformsPhase 1 & 2AF 161-101
Miniature Air Launched Rawinsonde and Dropsonde (MALRD)Phase 1 & 2AF 112-194
Plug and Play Architecture for Modular WeaponsPhase 1 & 2AF 141-142
Innovative Micro-Munition Electrical Interface Physical Interconnection AlternativesPhase 1 & 2 & 3AF 103-135
High-Performance High Reliability Weapon Bus SwitchPhase 1 & 2 & 3AF 093-095
Modeling Algorithms for Unmanned Aircraft/Weapons Management SystemsPhase 1 & 2N 07-009
Software Architecture for Universal Plug and Play of WeaponsPhase 1 & 2AF 04-163
Distributive Processing Techniques for Interconnected Embedded SystemsPhase 1 & 2AF 02-138
Open Architecture Store Integration Software for Miniature Munitions on Multiple

Aircraft Carriage Platforms

Phase 1 & 2AF 01-156
Common Adaptable Electronics Suite for Tactical Munitions Dispenser & Other Miniature StoresPhase 1 & 2AF 99-179
Off-Board Targeting Data Link Simulation CapabilityPhase 1 & 2AF 99-299
Advanced Smart Submunition Electrical IntegrationPhase 1 & 2AF 97-209
V-22 Stores Management System Architecture DefinitionPhase 1N 91-073
Fiber Optic Aircraft/Stores InterfacesPhase 1N 89-175
Digital Mission Management System (MMS) for Advanced Dispenser WeaponsPhase 1 & 2AF 85-189
Advanced Stores Management System SimulatorPhase 1 & 2AF 93-164