Israel Aerospace Industries is developing advanced tools to test software installed in the company's new unmanned air vehicles.

The first such tool is a user-friendly platform that enables the writing and running of simultaneous software tests, both manual and automatic.

The platform, TestBuilder, is based on Keyword Driven Testing, and was developed for the Heron TP, which is operational with the Israeli air force.

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IAI says that the platform was developed to perform the most thorough tests of the software that are installed in the different systems of the advanced UAV.

"The platform enables tests for a wide variety of system requirements, significantly improves the product quality, dramatically reduces time and money spent, and ensures that the system meets the demands of development standards," says a company source.

The IAI-made Heron TP is a strategic high-altitude long-endurance UAV. It is powered by a 1,200hp (894kW) turboprop allowing it to cruise at over 41,000ft (12,500m). With an endurance in excess of 24h, the Heron TP can carry a payload of up to 1,000kg (2,200lb), including electro-optic observation payloads, advanced radars, satellite communication, and more, depending on the mission specifications.

Source: Flight International