Ultra Electronics Selects RTI Data Distribution Service for Modular Sonar System

Ultra Electronics Open Architecture Systems Integration Service (OASIS) Running on RTI's Real-Time Middleware will see First use in Air Warfare Destroyer Integrated Sonar System for Royal Australian Navy

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—September 13, 2010—Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Global Leader in DDS, today announced that Ultra Electronics (Ultra), a market leader in defense and aerospace systems, is using RTI Data Distribution Service open-standards middleware in its latest-generation integrated sonar system for the Hobart-class Aegis destroyer.

Ultra is developing the sonar system for the Royal Australian Navy and the prime contractor Raytheon. To optimize the system, Ultra has created an Open Architecture Systems Integration Service (OASIS) architecture strategy that leverages the open-standard Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) from the Object Management Group (OMG). This gives both the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance and the end-user community a modular integration environment for the complete system with unprecedented levels of system interoperability.

"Our extensive testing showed that RTI Data Distribution Service is the most robust and field-proven implementation of the DDS standard available. RTI's wholehearted adoption of an open-architecture strategy in the implementation of DDS is a perfect match for the Ultra business strategy," commented Sean Bell, chief software engineer at Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems.

Ultra's open architecture toolset abstracts the software design from the hardware implementation. This enables hardware selection late in the implementation phase, resulting in significant cost savings for Ultra and its customers. Since Ultra's product also provides this abstraction to Ultra's customers, substantial through-life cost savings are realized for system upgrades and maintenance. RTI's implementation of the DDS standard transparently supports many processor and transport platforms, making it an excellent fit for Ultra's development and product strategy.

Performance has been a key requirement of the system design. The advanced sonar design required the integration of several subsystems. The design also demands a fast real-time data fusion capability. RTI Data Distribution Service real-time messaging middleware met the highly demanding performance requirements of this integrated multi-sonar subsystem.

Military sonar systems must be robust, and DDS provides the necessary inherent failover and takeover capabilities required. Thus, a modular sonar system built with RTI Data Distribution Service can be far more robust than other designs, delivering a system with the potential for enhanced survivability in hostile environments.

With the broader adoption of DDS by Ultra, the AWD Alliance has the opportunity to more tightly integrate the sonar system into the broader ship-wide system of systems. The AWD Alliance need no longer treat the sonar system as a black box with fixed, static interfaces. By leveraging RTI Data Distribution Service, the delivered open architecture enables a much tighter integration of the sonar subsystems into the broader shipboard combat systems than ever before.

About RTI Data Distribution Service

RTI Data Distribution Service provides a messaging and integration infrastructure for demanding, mission-critical distributed applications. It combines deterministic performance, low latency, high throughput and fault tolerance into a fast, scalable architecture for real-time systems. By enabling loosely coupled integration, the solution significantly reduces long-term software maintenance costs. Individual subsystems may be modified, added or upgraded without impacting existing software.

RTI Data Distribution Service complies with the OMG DDS specification, the leading standard for real-time application integration. RTI also natively supports the Real-Time Publish-Subscribe (RTPS) wire protocol for peer-to-peer interoperability with other RTPS-compliant DDS implementations. RTI is the world's leading supplier of DDS-related software and services.

About RTI

Real-Time Innovations (RTI) is the world's leading provider of middleware compliant with the Object Management Group (OMG) Data-Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) standard. With over 70% market share, more than 400 unique projects take advantage of RTI's software and expertise to slash the time and cost of systems integration. These span a broad range of industries including aerospace, defense, finance, intelligence, power generation and transportation. Founded in 1991, RTI is privately held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, please visit www.rti.com.

About Ultra

Ultra Electronics is an internationally successful defense and aerospace company with a long, consistent track record of development and growth. Ultra businesses constantly innovate to create solutions to customer requirements that are different from and better than those of the Group's competitors. The Group has over one hundred distinct market or technology niches within its businesses. The diversity of niches enables Ultra to contribute to a large number of defense, aerospace and civil platforms and programmes and provides resilience to the Group's financial performance.

For further information about Ultra Electronics go to: www.ultra-electronics.com

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