Lockheed Martin Team Selects RTI for Aegis Weapon System

Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Company, announced today that middleware provided by RTI was selected by a U.S. Navy’s Lockheed Martin team to provide the real-time data-distribution infrastructure for Aegis Open Architecture (AOA), the next generation of the Aegis Weapon System. AOA will be deployed by the U.S. Navy beginning in 2008.

AOA will use RTI Data Distribution Service (formerly NDDS) for communication between different Aegis subsystems, including radar, weapons, displays, and command and control. The AOA team selected RTI after a nine-month evaluation of commercial implementations of the Object Management Group’s (OMG’s) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard. Factors considered in this extensive evaluation included standards compliance, performance, lifecycle costs and customer support.

Aegis missile

The Aegis missile can defeat a wide range of targets from wave top to directly overhead. It is effective against anti-ship cruise missiles and manned aircraft in all environmental conditions. It has all-weather capability and outstanding abilities in chaff and jamming environments. Photo by the US Navy.

“AOA will modernize the Navy’s surface force and enable rapid insertion of future technology upgrades,” said Orlando Carvalho, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Surface-Sea Based Missile Defense (SBMD) Systems business. “RTI’s Data Distribution Service supports this mission through its open-standards design and ability to insulate each subsystem from changes in adjacent subsystems.”

“RTI is honored to be a partner in AOA,” commented Stan Schneider, chief executive officer of RTI. “We cultivated the DDS standard and developed RTI Data Distribution Service specifically to support mission-critical requirements such as those of the Aegis Weapon System. Our concentrated efforts help meet the need to share time-critical and mission-critical data across a highly-distributed system while maximizing future scalability and flexibility.”

About RTI Data Distribution Service
RTI Data Distribution Service is networking middleware that implements a real-time publish-subscribe communications model. Using RTI Data Distribution Service, distributed software components can share data without concern for physical location or the architecture of the hardware and network.

About Aegis
The Aegis Weapon System, developed by Lockheed Martin, is the world’s premier naval surface defense system and is the foundation for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, the primary component of the sea-based element of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Aegis Weapon System includes the SPY-1 radar, the U.S. Navy’s most advanced computer-controlled radar system. When paired with Lockheed Martin’s MK-41 Vertical Launching System, it is capable of delivering missiles for every mission and threat environment in naval warfare.

The Aegis Weapon System is currently deployed on 78 ships around the globe, with more than 25 additional ships planned. In addition to the U.S. Navy, Aegis is the maritime weapon system of choice for Australia, Japan, South Korea, Norway and Spain.

AOA is the foundation for the modernization of the Navy’s Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers. The open architecture approach will allow the Navy to readily incorporate software and hardware updates into its Aegis systems. This allows those systems to be maintained at the highest level of capability while employing low cost, off-the-shelf solutions.

About RTI
Real-Time Innovations (RTI) supplies middleware and distributed data management solutions for real-time systems. With innovative technology and deep expertise in distributed applications, RTI provides an unequaled competitive advantage to customers developing systems that benefit from high-performance access to time-critical data. RTI solutions have been deployed in a broad range of applications including command and control, intelligence, surveillance, data fusion, simulation, industrial control, air traffic control, railway management, roadway traffic monitoring and multimedia communications. Founded in 1991, RTI is privately held and headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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