Toulouse, 28 February 2023 – ATR, the world’s number one aircraft manufacturer in regional aviation, has procured latest-generation test benches made by HENSOLDT NEXEYA FRANCE, equipped with the ALYSA simulation solution. These can be used to validate newly developed ATR avionics systems that allow for optimised aircraft approach capabilities, improved aircraft operation and more user-friendly pilot interfaces. The test benches equipped with the ALYSA simulation solution were offered to ATR by HENSOLDT NEXEYA FRANCE as part of a tender and satisfy the Toulouse aircraft manufacturer’s needs in the best possible way in terms of both reliability and cost efficiency.
Using simulation, the safety of new features can be operationally tested even in scenarios in which flight tests could never be conducted, such as serious system failures or errors, an avionics bus overload or extreme weather conditions. Thus, simulation not only helps with testing during product development but also with certification of ATR aircraft.
Simulation is also beneficial in terms of cost efficiency, as it allows for device and software design validation in early project phases – as opposed to at the end of development, when any changes needed may increase costs by a factor of up to ten. Moreover, simulation shortens the duration of flight tests, which account for a significant share of total project cost.
As the ALYSA test bench supplied to ATR is fully modular and scalable, it can be adapted to any future device, system and system of systems developments in the long run. The ALYSA solution deployed in the ATR system is based on experience gained by HENSOLDT NEXEYA FRANCE with validation of fly-by-wire technologies (electronic aircraft control) for various aircraft manufacturers.
The solution is also in use in other industries, for example in trains. Additional features, such as a 3D engine, can be integrated thanks to the fully open design. This means test staff can pilot an aircraft equipped with new features while development is still in full swing.
ATR is the world’s number one aircraft manufacturer in regional aviation. Its ATR 42 and ATR 72 models are the world’s best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat segment. The company’s employees have made it their mission to bring people together and contribute to their individual development in a responsible way. Thanks to the company’s continuous innovations and the efficiency of its turboprop engines, which reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 45% compared with their jet-powered counterparts, ATR aircraft open up an average of more than 100 new routes per year. They are in service with around 200 airlines worldwide, which operate them in over 100 countries. ATR is a joint venture between Airbus and Leonardo. For more information, please visit www.atr-aircraft.com.
HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT drives the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cyber security. With more than 6,500 employees, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.7 billion euros in 2022. HENSOLDT is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
As a company of the French defence technological and industrial base (BITD), HENSOLDT NEXEYA FRANCE, which has been part of the HENSOLDT Group since 2019, develops critical electronic solutions, products and services for the aeronautics, marine navigation, energy, transport and defence sectors.
HENSOLDT NEXEYA FRANCE generates annual sales of 120 million euros (2021) with around 700 employees at its 15 French locations.
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