HICLASS: Enabling Development of Complex and Secure Aerospace Systems

The objective of HICLASS is to facilitate the development and in-service maintenance of secure, complex and large systems required by airframers, engines and other future markets. The HICLASS research project is a key enabler to the UK to build cyber-secure systems of the future - enhancing the UK's capability in high-integrity systems and software engineering.

This will be achieved by working alongside the regulator to develop technology and product roadmaps in a coherent industry approach to security. The project partners will then collaboratively and individually develop a series of complementary software and technologies to fulfil these needs.

HICLASS comprises of four work packages, each led by industry partner:

  • Drive cyber-security standards and regulations for avionics
  • Develop and mature a set of integrated advanced security, software and electronics technologies
  • Integrate these technologies to demonstrate next generation products
  • Continue to reduce high-integrity software costs (through better tools and architectures)

The HICLASS research project, which began in July 2019, is led by Rolls Royce. The project, which has a budget of £31.8m will be part funded by 16 partners (see below) and the Aerospace Technology Institute with Innovate UK providing management and monitoring services.

Rapita's goals for the project is to develop:

  • Multicore Timing Analysis Prototype
  • AutoTest Generation Prototype
  • Advanced Source code Analysis
  • Rapitest, +Autotest, integration with multiple platforms (Simulink and CamCOA)

Who is involved?

  • Rolls Royce (Lead participant and project manager)
  • Rapita Systems Ltd.
  • AdaCore
  • Altran UK Ltd.
  • BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd.
  • Callen-Lenz
  • Cobham
  • Cocotec
  • D-RisQ
  • General Dynamics UK
  • GE Aviation
  • Leonardo
  • MBDA
  • Thales
  • Ultra Electronics
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Southampton
  • University of York