BAE Systems Selects AdaCore GNAT Pro Ada Development Environment

AdaCore has announced a corporate-wide, unlimited-usage licensing agreement with BAE Systems UK, providing every BAE Systems developer in the UK with access to AdaCore’s GNAT Pro Ada development environment. This contract potentially applies to all Ada projects at BAE Systems UK facilities. Existing projects can freely migrate to GNAT Pro, and new Ada projects can select GNAT Pro, with no additional costs to BAE Systems UK.

More than 600 current developers will benefit under this new contract. Developers now have access to GNAT Pro on 15 major native and cross development platforms that are in use across BAE Systems UK.

BAE Systems UK has a long history of successful use of the Ada programming language. Current and recent projects include the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, Maritime Composite Training System (MCTS), Harrier and Nimrod updates, and the Seawolf Mid-Life Update (SWMLU) ship defence system. Future BAE Systems Ada programmes will be able to take advantage of this corporate-wide agreement, with immediate cost savings for software tool procurement.

“This landmark investment by BAE Systems UK demonstrates how Ada continues to be the standard for development in the safety-critical aerospace and defence markets,” said Franco Gasperoni, managing director of AdaCore. “This agreement builds on our long-term relationship with BAE Systems UK, and the large number of developers that can benefit demonstrates the importance of Ada to BAE Systems UK.”

The Ada programming language, which has evolved from Ada 83 to Ada 95 and more recently Ada 2005, is designed specifically for large, long-lived applications where reliability, efficiency, safety and security are vital. AdaCore’s technical team has been closely involved with the Ada language since its inception, and the GNAT Pro development environment combines state-of-the-art technology with expert support to provide a natural solution where efficient and reliable code is critical.

AdaCore already has a strong presence in the aerospace and defence markets. In addition to working with BAE Systems, the company has corporate agreements with MBDA and other major defence contractors.

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 100,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems’ sales exceeded £15.7 billion (US $31.4 billion) in 2007.

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 worldwide 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, railway 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.