Indian ADE Selects AdaCore, Mistral for Avionics Flight Control Software

AdaCore, provider of the highest quality Ada tools and support services, announced that the Indian Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) has chosen AdaCore’s GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for DO-178B Ada environment to be used by AdaCore’s partner Mistral Solutions to create new safety-critical flight control systems that will underpin advanced Indian defense programs.

The partnership was chosen over the competition due to the combination of Mistral’s development experience and strong customer support, the safety-critical aspects of the Ada language, and AdaCore’s knowledge, superior development environment and close integration with Wind River’s operating software. This is the first ADE project to use the Ada language.

Mistral will use GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for DO-178B on the project, which aims to develop avionics flight control systems that will become the standard within multiple applications for the Indian Ministry of Defence. It began in April 2007 and is scheduled to last 14 months. The project will run on VME PPC-based single board computers using Wind River Systems’ VxWorks 6.x operating system.

“This new project demonstrates that Ada is now the language of choice for developing safety-critical avionics systems across the globe,” said Cyrille Comar, Managing Director, AdaCore Europe. “Working with our partner Mistral Solutions, AdaCore was able to deliver a superior development environment that is both easy to use and provides the high level of protection necessary for mission-critical applications such as flight control systems.”

“This is yet another great example of a new avionics project leveraging the industry-proven combination of Wind River’s VxWorks RTOS and AdaCore’s GNAT Pro development environment,” said Rob Hoffman, General Manager of Aerospace and Defense, Wind River. “Combining Wind River’s VxWorks product platform and our worldwide support organization with AdaCore’s software, we are ensuring that organizations like the Indian ADE benefit from the industry’s most robust development platforms for high-reliability systems.”

ADE is part of the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which undertakes design and development leading to the production of world-class flight control systems and equipment to meet the needs and requirements of the three Indian armed services. DRDO is working in various areas of military technology, which include aeronautics, armaments, combat vehicles, electronics, instrumentation engineering systems, missiles, materials, naval systems, advanced computing, simulation and life sciences.

“This is the first major Ada project we have worked on, and when it came to developing such a safety-critical application, AdaCore was the natural choice to partner with,” said Mujahid Alam, Vice President – Sales, Mistral Solutions. “From our extensive research, AdaCore stands out as the foremost provider of Ada technology, and we have been very impressed with AdaCore’s knowledge, product strengths and strong integration with Wind River’s technology. The success of this project is testament to the close working relationship we have built up, combined with our own development and customer support strengths.”

GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for DO-178B supports the development of safety-critical and security-critical applications for embedded systems, servers and workstations. The GNAT Pro development environment combines market-leading technology with an expert support system to provide a natural solution where efficient and reliable code is critical.

About Mistral
Mistral is an ISO 9001:2000 certified and CMMi Level 3 appraised premier product realization Company providing end-to-end services for product design and development in the embedded space. Mistral offers expert design and development services covering hardware and software, customizable product designs and IP’s, System Integration and COTS Solutions that improve quality and accelerate time-to-market for a broad range of embedded systems. Mistral has forged successful partnerships with leading providers of embedded solutions, which has enabled the company to provide its clients with the finest technology solutions based on the world’s best platforms.

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 the GNAT Pro development environment, which comes with expert on-line support and is available on more platforms than any other Ada technology. AdaCore has an extensive world-wide customer base. Ada and GNAT Pro continue to see growing usage in high-integrity and safety-certified applications, including commercial aircraft avionics, military systems, air traffic management/control, railroad systems, and medical devices, and in security-sensitive domains such as financial services. AdaCore has North American headquarters in New York and European headquarters in Paris.