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TPS Solutions for Aircraft Controller System LRIs in Conjunction with LM-STAR®
The new tester selected by the Italian Air Force to be the standard platform for depot level testing on several Line Replaceable Units (LRU) of European Fighter (EF2000) Tranche 2 configuration is the LMSTAR®. This solution, applicable for the second level of maintenance, is the result of joint cooperation between Lockheed Martin and Selex-ES, a Finmeccanica Company. To date, the acceptance and the delivery of seven LM STAR stations (Galileo Euro Test Set variant) has occurred; two more are in progress. Currently, more than 25 Test Program Sets (TPS) have been designed, developed, integrated, and fielded using LMSTAR. For more complex LRU, which are part of Armament Controller or Visual and Display System, a new hardware solution has been designed and purchased, also based both on development and in-service experience of previous Tranche 1 TPS with another ATE. Redesigned holding fixtures with new internal circuit cards in addition to LM-STAR capabilities improved the TPS performances with results (self-check, execution time, automatic tests, software loading) better than the ones on dedicated platforms for LRU manufacturing. In this paper a brief overview will be provided about these choices and the benefits on TPS hardware composition and test management. The LM-STAR TPS development environment, which supports both C and ATLAS TPS, will also be analyzed. The underlying system software architecture that protects the TPS from costly hardware obsolescence will also be described. An overview of the support of a complex international program will be explored. We will describe both hardware and software technological obstacles that had to be overcome to achieve mission success while maintaining cost and schedule requirements
O'Donnell Steven, Anzile Paolo
Paper for Seminar/Symposium/Conference
IEEE Autotestcon 2013 (16-19 September 2013, Schaumburg, Illinois, USA)
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