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AdaCore’s GNAT Pro Ada Toolsuite Selected for Development of Unmanned Aerial System

AdaCore announced that Airbus Helicopters (France) has select­ed the GNAT Pro tool suite and the Ada pro­gram­ming lan­guage to devel­op new soft­ware com­po­nents for the VSR700 pro­to­type project. VSR700 is Airbus Helicopters’ tac­ti­cal unmanned aerial system (UAS) designed to meet the demand­ing require­ments of global navies and armies in the 21st cen­tu­ry.

Airbus Helicopters select­ed AdaCore’s GNAT Pro Ada for PowerPC VxWorks 6.x/Cert based on sev­er­al cri­te­ria, includ­ing ease of inte­gra­tion into the exist­ing devel­op­ment infra­struc­ture, the abil­i­ty to devel­op mon­i­tor­ing algo­rithms, and the capac­i­ty to help cer­ti­fy the soft­ware up to DO-178C Design Assurance Level B.

“We select­ed AdaCore and the Ada lan­guage because we believe that this tech­nol­o­gy and relat­ed tools will increase the main­tain­abil­i­ty and qual­i­ty of our soft­ware and make it easier to pro­vide some evi­dence for cer­tain soft­ware cer­ti­fi­ca­tion objec­tives,” said Matthieu Vatinet, Head of Embedded Software Products, Airbus Helicopters. “The qual­i­ty of AdaCore’s sup­port was an impor­tant advan­tage, and anoth­er antic­i­pat­ed ben­e­fit was the ease of devel­op­ing mature code.”

“Knowing that the Airbus Helicopters team needed to devel­op highly reli­able and safe code for their VSR700 pro­to­type project, we were extreme­ly pleased that they select­ed Ada and AdaCore,” said Jamie Ayre, Commercial Director at AdaCore. “The GNAT Pro Ada tool suite offers excep­tion­al ver­i­fi­ca­tion abil­i­ties that will help Airbus to detect prob­lems early in their devel­op­ment process when they are eas­i­est and least costly to cor­rect. And our sup­port ser­vices will address any ques­tions or issues that may arise.”

Source: COTS Journal

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