As the world’s leading supplier of Data Distribution Service (DDS) compliant connectivity software, RTI products and services play a key role in integrating hundreds of open architecture and mission-critical aerospace and defense systems. RTI Connext®, based on the DDS standard, provides proven interoperability together with fast, scalable, resilient and secure connectivity within and between land, sea, air and space-based systems. Additionally, RTI’s rich set of tools further accelerate development, debugging, integration, testing and optimization.

For safety-critical applications, including avionics, Connext® Cert offers proven certifiability and a complete certification data package for DO-178C Design Assurance Level (DAL) A. Connext is used in dozens of open architecture and objective architecture initiatives, including:

  • Virtually every naval combat management system used by the US, Europe, Japan and Korea
  • The Transport Services Segment of the FACE™ Reference Architecture
  • Open Mission Systems (OMS)
  • The Unmanned Systems (UxS) Control Segment (UCS) Architecture
  • Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD), including Aegis
  • The Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) standard used by the UK MoD and NATO
  • Command and Control (C2) and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems

Customer Use Cases

Savings through the Open Architecture model

The UK MOD GVA program developed and mandated that all subcontractors use a Land Data Model and supporting data-centric DDS middleware for communications between subsystems. Connext delivered through its open-standards-based DDS implementation that decoupled every subsystem from every other subsystem to enable modular development, rapid integration and continuous innovation. Through this highly open distributed system, procurement programs could be confident that subsystems developed in the future would successfully interoperate with existing and legacy systems.

Interoperable Architecture for Camp Protection System - FICAPS Project

The European Defence Agency (EDA) identified the need for improved multinational camp protection among coalition armed forces operating in hostile territories. The Future Interoperability of Camp Protection Systems (FICAPS) program was piloted to test if independently-developed camp operating bases (CPS) could be architected for interoperability in order to pool and share effector and sensor resources. FICAPS selected RTI Connext as the connectivity framework for its robust, high performance and scalable capabilities to support the proposed common data interface architecture.

Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH led the program implementation, which used Connext as the information highway to connect the CPS’s over cable and satellite. The pilot was successful in proving that a warfighter can deploy CPS assets from multiple nation states and be assured that it can be readily integrated to deliver fast and effective battlefield and camp protection. Additional benefits are fewer personnel needed to operate the CPS; less inventory of parts, which simplified logistical support; and greater flexibility in field deployments, as equipment from one nation’s CPS could be used to support the CPS of another nation state. FICAPS was subsequently adopted by France and Germany, and the system is being evaluated as a future standard for force protection, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.