Managing the Challenges of Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA)
Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) is forever changing commercial and military avionics systems. IMA, and its early adopters have rewritten the rules of integration, verification, and certification for modern avionics systems.
The Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787, are two highly advanced aircraft programs embracing an IMA platform architecture. Both Boeing and Airbus are banking on IMA to improve their competitiveness. The Airbus A350XWB as well as a collection of yet-to-be-announced aircraft programs are committed to IMA.
After decades of methodical, evolutionary changes, the top aerospace competitors, under intense market pressures, have retired the status quo. Multidisciplinary optimization efforts are yielding major changes in aircraft design and technology. Along with composite materials, advanced propulsion systems, novel airfoil designs, etc., IMA is a major technological undertaking designed to improve efficiency and maintainability on multiple levels. Unsurprisingly, IMA is making a significant impact on R&D, which must rise to the challenge.