Thursday, August 30, 2018

NORFOLK, VA (August 30, 2018) – Thanks to efforts of a technical team inside WR, the largest-ever British warship has joined forces with a US squadron of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike fighter jets, considered the most powerful jet squadron in the world.

To bring together the HMS Queen Elizabeth and the fighter jets, the Norfolk-based team from WR had to ensure the US Joint Strike Fighter/F-35 internal inertial navigation system (INS) could ingest and “understand” data from the British warship.

The five-person team at WR, who works on a program called the Aircraft Inertial Alignment System (AIAS), spent significant time on design of a new “data converter” and testing of the process. Before the system went live, the team also conducted Harbor Acceptance Trials (HAT) and Sea Acceptance Trials (SAT), during which it was able to troubleshoot and resolve velocity issues between the shipboard navigation distribution system and Joint Strike Fighter.

“Without the resolution of velocity issues, the F-35 jets would not be able to perform flight operations safely on the Queen Elizabeth, which could cause numerous operational delays,” says Scott Rising, Principal Software Engineer at WR.

The WR team worked closely with BAE Systems Maritime and SPAWAR Atlantic Little Creek representatives to ensure the data converter would safely connect with shipboard interfaces and properly secure within the existing BAE equipment rack. 

In the coming days, the British aircraft carrier will arrive along the US East Coast and begin the first flight trials with the US fighter jets.


About W R Systems, Ltd. (WR) 

WR is the industry leader in naval navigation systems. The company, founded in 1983, is a full-service systems engineering and technical services firm that supports critical projects for clients such as Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and the Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar (ROTHR) Program Office (RPO).

WR provides comprehensive solutions that include all facets of systems engineering and support – requirements gathering, design, development, testing, deployment, documentation, training, life cycle logistics, maintenance, and repair.

As well, the company performs on multiple contracts for SPAWAR, RPO, the Department of State (DoS), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC), US Army, US Coast Guard, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), as well as Fortune 500 companies, major shipyards, allied nations, and several original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).