BAE Systems picks software for Aussie air force

Oct. 26, 2005
MONTREAL, Quebec, 26 Oct. 2005. Engenuity Technologies Inc. today announced that BAE Systems Australia has awarded Engenuity a US$300,000 contract for electronic warfare software and services.

MONTREAL, Quebec, 26 Oct. 2005. Engenuity Technologies Inc. today announced that BAE Systems Australia has awarded Engenuity a US$300,000 contract for software and services.

BAE Systems Australia, who designs, develops and supports military systems for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), chose Engenuity's VAPS software tool as an essential part of the Echidna system.

Project Echidna will enhance the Electronic Warfare Self Protection (EWSP) capabilities of select ADF aircraft. BAE Systems Australia will use Engenuity's VAPS in Phase 2A of the Echidna Project, which includes an EWSP upgrade to the Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters.

"Taking advantage of the cutting-edge VAPS rapid design and build software for robust Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI) will help BAE Systems Australia to further define ADF standardization requirements," said Robert Kopersiewich, director of product management for Engenuity. "VAPS offers BAE Systems Australia a complete solution right out of the box, providing it with a range of full lifecycle tools from avionics prototyping to rapid deployment to the airframe, ensuring that the results are delivered to the end-user in a timely fashion."

"The use of VAPS on Project Echidna enables BAE Systems Australia to effectively involve the customer in the development of the Human-Machine Interface using rapid prototyping techniques," said Stephen Miller, systems software engineer for BAE Systems Australia. "In particular, the DOORS interface in VAPS and Engenuity's DesignDoc tool will help reduce the amount of coding and documentation, and provide us with ongoing maintainability, by adding HMI analysis and enhancements throughout the life of the project."

The BAE Systems Australia VAPS solution will run on the MOSArt open system visualization platform from BARCO, which is optimal for VAPS performance. Because of the unique ability of VAPS to automatically embed to a target display, VAPS will help BAE Systems Australia reduce the time it spends on development, and help it to complete all testing on the Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters by 2008.

Engenuity Technologies Inc. is a global leader in visualization and simulation software solutions for the aerospace, defense and automotive industries. The company's products and services are currently used by more than 800 customers in 40 countries, including many of the world's largest organizations. Engenuity has offices and distributors throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For more information, see

BAE Systems Australia is a company committed to being the Australian Defence Force's through-life capability partner in integrated military systems and support solutions. It combines key skills in engineering and systems integration and is a leading provider of battlespace communications, electronic warfare systems, military air support, air defence, mission support systems and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. It employs approximately 2,600 people, supports customers at more than 50 locations across the country and has its centre of operations in Adelaide, South Australia. For more information, see

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