The American company Northrop Grumman conducted the first tests of the onboard systems that will be installed on the first prototype of a promising strategic bomber B-21 Raider. As written by Aviation Week, during testing of the onboard equipment performed containerservice application running Kubernetes.
Kubernetes is an open software developed in mid-2010 years by Google to automate the deployment, scaling and management containerservice applications. Such applications refer to programs that run in an isolated virtual space without access to the operating system kernel and without influence on each other.
For the first time this technology has been tested on a combat plane F-16 Falcon Fignting in 2019 as part of a pilot program to accelerate the development of new functionality for combat aircraft and operational updates to their software. The concept involves the implementation of new functional capabilities of individual with new applications.
Currently, software for combat aircraft written by a single package. Adding new features requires rewriting parts of the code of the software, and then complete the upgrade on the plane. For this reason, the software update, combat aircraft is the most frequently once in two years.
According to the military, the use Kubernetes to deploy applications on military aircraft and management will allow much faster to release patches and updates, in some cases reducing the time between releases to a few weeks. Other details about the successful tests of airborne systems B-21 not disclosed.
Northrop Grumman received a contract for the development and production of bombers B-21 in 2015, and the preliminary design of the aircraft is completed in 2019. Bomber is designed according to the scheme “flying wing”. Certification of aircraft for transportation and use of nuclear weapons would be conducted several years after the adoption of the B-21 adopted.
A new strategic bomber is expected to go into service of the United States in the middle of the 2020-ies. In total, the Pentagon plans to buy at least 100 new aircraft. After adopting B-21 will have to gradually replace aging bombers B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit.