AAI Upgrades T25 SECTElectronic Combat Trainer with AdaCore, GNAT Pro

AdaCore, provider of the highest quality Ada tools and support services, announced another successful deployment of a mission-critical system using its GNAT Pro development environment. AAI Services Corporation utilised GNAT Pro as part of an overall upgrade to the U.S. Air Force T25 Simulator for Electronic Combat Training (SECT) system. The T25 SECT system is a software-based training aid that uses interactive combat laboratory exercises and simulated training missions to teach the principles of electronic countermeasures. As part of the upgrade, AAI Services updated one processor on the system’s student station from an SGI VME-based computer to a single board computer running Windows. The original software for the updated processor was ported to a different host and a new development station was added to the existing Training System Support Centre.

AAI Services used GNAT Pro for Windows along with a variety of AdaCore partner software to satisfy the T25 SECT program upgrade demands. AAI Services ported and developed new software using a powerful collection of software libraries that is uniquely available with the GNAT Pro development environment, including:

  • GNAT Pro
  • OpenGL (Open Graphics Library)
  • GLUT (OpenGL Utility Toolkit)
  • FreeGLUT
  • Win32 Bindings
  • Touch screen driver from ELO

“AdaCore is pleased to have provided software solutions to meet the T25 SECT program upgrade requirements,” said Robert Dewar, President of AdaCore. “We strive to offer exceptional software tools, libraries, and services. In addition, we have established relationships with other best-in-class partners that enable us to provide complete solutions for our customers.”

About the T25 SECT System
The T25 SECT provides computer simulations consisting of interactive, electronic combat lab exercises and simulated training missions. It provides a full range of electronic combat (EC) training from basic threat recognition to complex real-world EC airborne mission scenarios. The T25 SECT trains students in all fundamental aspects of EC, including the operation and utilisation of a wide variety of generic, representative EC equipment. SECT provides full-scale mission simulations for typical operations such as strategic/covert penetration, standoff jamming/direct support (SOJ/DS), electronic intelligence (ELINT) collection, and suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD).

The T25 SECT port required moving one processor in the student station from a VME-based SGI (circa 1993) running IRIX to a VME-based single board computer (SBC) running Windows 2000. The specific platform was a General Micro Systems, Inc. (GMS) V265 Condor SBC that has an Intel Pentium M Processor 1.00 GHz AT/AT Compatible with 515440 KB RAM and an Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller. The application used SGI’s GL calls to accomplish drawing graphics primitives. The GL to OpenGL porting guide was used to translate the GL calls to the Windows implementation of OpenGL drawing primitives.

AAI Corporation also designed and developed the original SECT system for the U.S. Air Force in the 1990s, replacing the AAI-developed Simulator for Electronic Warfare Training (SEWT), which had been in operation since the 1970s.

About AAI Services Corporation
AAI Services Corporation, headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD, is a wholly owned subsidiary of AAI Corporation providing government and commercial customers with responsive, efficient and effective technical services covering a wide variety of technologies and equipment worldwide. AAI Services Corporation’s managers, engineers, operators, maintainers, instructors, and logisticians are experts in structuring innovative, performance-based solutions for life cycle support, supply chain management, obsolescence, operational enhancement and skills development for customers’ systems, facilities and equipment.

About AdaCore
Founded in 1994, AdaCore is the leading provider of commercial software solutions for Ada, a modern programming language designed for large, long-lived applications where safety, security, and reliability are critical. AdaCore’s flagship product is GNAT Pro, which comes with expert online support. AdaCore has a large world-wide customer base in high-integrity and safety-certified applications, including avionics, defence, air traffic control, railroad systems, and financial services. AdaCore has North American headquarters in New York and European headquarters in Paris.