7/14/2004 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIND), the global leader in device software optimization (DSO), announced that Eurocopter used Wind River Platform for Safety Critical as the device software foundation for the flight display system of two new helicopters -- the Super Puma EC 225 and the Cougar EC 725. Eurocopter, a subsidiary of EADS, the largest aerospace company in Europe and the second largest worldwide, also signed a global enterprise licensing agreement, which provides EADS' developers easy access to Wind River technology year after year.
"Wind River worked closely with the Eurocopter team throughout the development and certification process, providing tremendous value in optimizing the safety, security and reliability of Eurocopter's new flight display systems," said Marc Achache, System architecture department manager at Eurocopter's design office. "Wind River's technology and expertise is quickly making them an international standard for safety-critical systems. By choosing Wind River for this project, we had the complete foundation required to build and certify these mission critical systems on time."
The Super Puma EC 225 is the next generation civil helicopter while the Cougar EC 725 helicopter was specifically designed for military use. Using Wind River's Platform for Safety Critical, Eurocopter began work on the flight display systems in 1999 and these systems will achieve complete DO-178B Level A certification, summer 2004. With Wind River's expertise in aerospace and defense as well as proven, tested and reliable technology, Eurocopter was able to meet stringent specifications for commands, reconfiguration modes and other essential functions to protect against breakdowns or system malfunctions.
"Wind River is a leading provider of commercial technology for the aerospace and defense market and, in particular, for the safety-critical markets that require certifications such as DO-178B level A," said Dave Fraser, chief marketing officer for Wind River. "Through Wind River Platform for Safety Critical, we are able to provide our customers with a proven foundation and certification evidence, enabling them to build their products better, faster, at a lower cost and more reliably."
Created in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS, one of the top three aerospace companies in the world. The group employs 11,000 people. Its strong worldwide presence is insured by its 16 subsidiaries located on the five continents, along with a network of distributors and certified agents. Almost 9,500 Eurocopter helicopters fly in 133 countries for approximately 2,350 customers. The group now accounts for 30% of the world market. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military range in the world. In 2003 the group's turnover increased by 4% to 2.61 billion Euros. With 45% of the worldwide market in terms of new civil and military helicopters and 53% of the civil and parapublic market, Eurocopter has confirmed its position as the world's leading helicopter manufacturer.
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