Accession Number : ADP005771

Title :   Computing System Configuration for Fighter Aircraft Flight Control Systems,

Corporate Author : ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRAN CE)

Personal Author(s) : Kaul, H. J. ; Luers, H. ; Rauch, J.

Report Date : JUN 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Flight control systems for present and future fighter aircraft developments are based on three basic technologies: CCV-ACT-digital signal processing. These technologies have opened a new degree of freedom for optimizing overall weapon system performance by extending the requirements to be implemented by the FCS. The computing subsystem is the key element of the FCS by which this performance optimization can be achieved. Digital FCS for fighter aircraft in service or under development exhibit a basically common architecture (static parallel redundancy, centralized heavily burdened computing subsystem) which has continuously evolved since the early days of CCV and ACT activities. This paper relates this classical architecture to advancing requirements and emerging technologies and analyses its potentials for future developments. From an airframe manufacturers point of view the paper. 1) critically reviews the interrelationship between weapon system performance and design considerations involved in developing the FCS computing subsystem. 2) addresses the problem of restrictions imposed upon the application of advanced computer hardware/software and micro-electronic technologies by FCS specific design considerations. 3) Identifies the need to overcome state of the FCS architectures in order to fully use the potential of emerging technologies for the benefit of weapon system performance through an advanced design of the FCS computing sub-system.

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, *DIGITAL COMPUTERS, *SIGNAL PROCESSING, JET FIGHTERS, WEAPON SYSTEM EFFECTIVENESS, OPTIMIZATION, AVIONICS, COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, CONTROLLED CONFIGURED VEHICLES, MICROELECTRONICS, WEST GERMANY.

Subject Categories : Flight Control and Instrumentation
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE