Alenia Aermacchi Develops Flight Control System with Artisan Studio

Artisan® Software Tools has announced that Artisan Studio®, the all-in-one UML, OMG SysML and Architectural Framework tool suite used by teams of engineers for the analysis, design and development of complex, mission critical systems, has been chosen by Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, as the preferred tool for its new OMG SysML/UML-based software requirements, design, development and analysis process in the flight control systems area.

M346 Flight Control SystemBased in Italy, Alenia Aermacchi is a world leader in the design and production of training systems and aircraft for military pilots that meet the requirements of all training phases – primary, basic and lead-in fighter. Alenia Aermacchi’s military pilot trainers are used in over 40 countries worldwide. Alenia will use Artisan Studio to set the software requirements and implement the design, development and analysis for the Flight Control System on its next-generation M346 advanced and lead-in fighter trainer aircraft.

In order to further extend its reputation for excellence achieved during more than 90 years of operation, Alenia Aermacchi recently decided to improve its software development processes by switching to an OMG SysML/UML methodology. The company previously employed a Structured Analysis and Design (SA/SD) strategy.

Commenting on this move Fabio Magosso, the M346 FCS software development leader, said: “By adopting an OMG SysML/UML methodology we will be able to significantly speed up and optimize our software development process by providing a common language for both our software and systems engineers. We chose Artisan Studio as the preferred tool suite for our new OMG SysML/UML methodology as it was clearly the best product to fit our development needs and could also be smoothly incorporated into our pre-existing, overall software design environment which requires integration with a range of other third-party tools already in use.”

Alenia Aermacchi was especially impressed with Artisan Studio’s all-in-one environment enabling it to be deployed through the entire software development lifecycle from system requirements through to code development and even test using a single, shared, structured and traceable model. Its powerful, centralized data repository also relieves the company of the significant management overhead associated with multi-user access. With Alenia Aermacchi’s use of Spark fundamental to the company’s compliance with RTCA/DO-178D for Level A software, Artisan Studio’s ability to generate Spark-compliant code and be easily customized to add Spark annotations was also important. Alenia Aermacchi also attached significant value to Artisan Studio’s open architecture enabling the company to easily adapt it to meet future specific requirements of its software development environment as they arise.

“Alenia Aermacchi has not only chosen Artisan Studio as its preferred tool for its software development process in the flight control systems area” said James B Gambrell, President and CEO of Artisan Software Tools, “but has firmly bought into our vision that Artisan Studio delivers on the promise of an integrated application lifecycle environment, allowing systems and software engineering teams to work as one – from concept through to the delivery and maintenance of complex, mission critical systems.”

About Artisan Software Tools
Artisan Software Tools is the leading independent supplier of premium-quality, industrial-grade, collaborative modeling tools for complex, mission-critical systems and software. Artisan’s standards-based tool suite, Artisan Studio, provides comprehensive support for the leading industry standards, including OMG SysML, UML and Architectural Frameworks. It delivers on the promise of an integrated collaborative development environment – allowing systems and software engineering teams to work as one – from concept through to delivery and maintenance. Artisan has delivered a stable, robust working environment to thousands of users across an extensive range of complex applications in demanding sectors including military, aerospace and defense, automotive and transportation, telecommunications and electronics, and medical. Founded in 1997 with extensive venture capital backing, Artisan is headquartered in the USA and UK with offices in Germany and Italy, supported by a global distributor network.

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About Alenia Aermacchi
Alenia Aermacchi is a leading company in the design and production of trainers for military pilots. Alenia Aermacchi is able to offer a wide range of products that meet the requirements of all training phases: primary, basic and lead-in fighter. Alenia Aermacchi has thus far sold about 2,000 trainers to more than 40 countries and has collaborated in major international military programs. The experience gained in the military sector has also allowed the company to extend its business to the civil aviation field, which currently accounts for 35% of its turnover. In July 2003 Alenia Aermacchi was integrated into the Finmeccanica Group, which increased its shareholding to 99%. The company’s facilities are located at Venegono Superiore (Varese province). Its workforce totals about 1800 and plants occupy a total area of approx. 274,000 sqm. Facilities include laboratories and workshops for structural tests and a wind and a water tunnel in addition to an airfield for flight test activities. Alenia Aermacchi has always designed and developed its aircraft autonomously thanks to its highly qualified personnel and cutting edge technologies. Since its foundation, the company has constantly expanded and enhanced its activities to rank high in three sectors: military trainers, military programs, civil programs.