Ensuring Software Quality-Experiences of Testing Tejas Airdata Software

  • Kavitha Rajalakshrni Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore
  • Y.V. Jeppu Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore
  • K. Karunakar Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore
Keywords: Software quality, software testing, best practices, software verification and validation, safetycritical code, Tejas, light combat aircraft, quality assurance, digital flight control computer software, airdata algorithm, non-real time test methodology


Two major safety-critical elements of the onboard software for the Tejas digital flight control
computer software are the control laws and the airdata algorithm. The airdata algorithm computes
essential parameters like static and dynamic pressures, altitude, speed, angle of attack, etc from
the airdata sensor input. These parameters are used by the control laws to stabilise the aircraft
and to provide the required uniform handling qualities over the complete flight envelope. The
algorithm is provided by the Control Law Design Team and coded by the Software Design Group
of Software House, ADA, Bangalore, in Ada language. The Independent Verification and Validation
Group is responsible for ensuring that the software is bug-free and certifiable. A non-real time
(NRT) test methodology has been developed in-house to stress test the onboard software. This
paper gives an overview of the methodology used to carry out the NRT test of the airdata
algorithm and some of the testing experiences.


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How to Cite
Rajalakshrni, K., Jeppu, Y., & Karunakar, K. (2006). Ensuring Software Quality-Experiences of Testing Tejas Airdata Software. Defence Science Journal, 56(1), 13-19. https://doi.org/10.14429/dsj.56.1863