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Northrop Grumman X-47B Achieves Historic Catapult Launch and Landing with Wind River Technology

  Northrop Grumman X-47B Achieves Historic Catapult Launch and Landing with
  Wind River Technology

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  *X-47B catapult launch and landing first of their kind from an aircraft
    carrier in aviation history.
  *Wind River VxWorks serves as key technology for the X-47B.
  *Company’s reliable and secure software has served as a key technology for
    countless unmanned systems around the globe.

Business Wire

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- July 10, 2013

Wind River^®, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, announced that
Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) relied on Wind River technology for the
successful catapult launch and landing of the X-47B unmanned aircraft from the
deck of the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH carrier, the first of their kind in aviation
history. The Wind River VxWorks^® real-time operating system (RTOS) is a key
technology for the X-47B in the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier
Demonstration (UCAS-D) program.

Developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Navy, the X-47B is the first
tailless, autonomous unmanned aircraft to be developed for carrier operations.
VxWorks was chosen by Northrop Grumman as the software platform for the UCAS-D
program.

“Wind River provides the trusted systems necessary to rapidly create, deploy,
and maintain critical applications, as well as satisfy complex
mission-critical requirements for next-generation intelligent systems like the
X-47B,” said Chip Downing, senior director of aerospace and defense at Wind
River. “Wind River is honored to be part of the UCAS-D industry team
responsible for this groundbreaking military program, which is paving the way
for the future of carrier-based autonomous systems technology.”

Carl Johnson, vice president and Navy UCAS program manager for Northrop
Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector, commented, "The catapult launch and
landing of the X-47B are historic milestones for the Navy, Northrop Grumman,
and Wind River, whose technology has been critical to the success of this
program. We look forward to continued collaboration and future achievements
with the UCAS-D industry team.”

For more than three decades, Wind River has been a trusted advisor in the
development of aerospace and defense products. The company's reliable and
secure software has served as a key technology for countless autonomous
systems around the globe, including the Mars Science Laboratory rover
Curiosity, CIRA’s FTB-1 reusable unmanned spacecraft, and the nEUROn Unmanned
Combat Air Vehicle demonstrator, among others.

For more information on Wind River’s work with Northrop Grumman, visit
www.windriver.com/announces/x47b-campaign/. To learn more about Wind River
aerospace and defense solutions, visit
www.windriver.com/solutions/aerospace-defense/.

About Wind River

Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel^® Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC),
is a world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has been
pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is
found in more than 1 billion products. Wind River is headquartered in Alameda,
Calif., with offices in more than 20 countries. To learn more, visit Wind
River at www.windriver.com or on Facebook.

Wind River is a trademark or registered trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc.
and its affiliates. Other names may be the trademarks of their respective
owners.

Contact:

Wind River
Jessica Miller, 510-749-2727
jessica.miller@windriver.com
 
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