AMSTERDAM, 12 Mar. 2009.AdaCore announced a corporate-wide, unlimited-usage licensing agreement with BAE Systems in the United Kingdom, 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.
Adacore made the announcement at the Avionics 2009 Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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 defense system. Future BAE Systems Ada programs 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 defense markets," says Franco Gasperoni, managing director of AdaCore.
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.