Comms upgrade to Australia’s aerospace radar defence program, 'JORN'

29 August 2018

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BAE Systems Australia has selected Real Time Innovation's connectivity framework, RTI Connext DDS, for the Australian Royal Air Force-controlled JORN – Jindalee Operational Radar Network – Phase 6 Upgrade program.

RTI’s technology will be part of the modern software system that will significantly increase the radar coverage area and information gathered for the Royal Australian Air Force, strengthening the protection of Australia’s northern borders.

Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) is an over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) network that provides long-range, wide-area surveillance of Australia’s northern coasts. It plays a vital role in supporting the Australian Defense Force’s air and maritime operations, border protection, disaster relief, and search and rescue operations. The Phase 6 Upgrade, led by BAE Systems, will be the most significant system upgrade to JORN – since it was accepted into service in 2003.

A key component of the upgrade will include the migration to a modular, scalable software framework of open system architecture that will increase the reliability and performance of the radars. This flexible framework will enable the development team to efficiently upgrade the system and perform maintenance tasks, while ensuring easy integration with other software solutions.

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BAE Systems selected RTI Connext DDS as the connectivity framework for the software architecture mainly due to RTI products’ real-time performance and security integrity. Connext DDS is the world’s leading implementation of the Data Distribution Service (DDS) open standard and is proven in thousands of mission-critical systems for its modular, flexible architecture.

Because the JORN system will not be refreshed again for another ten years or more, it required a solution that would allow for easy modifications to the system over time – a key benefit of Connext DDS.

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Said David Barnett, vice president of products and markets at RTI: “In large defence systems, it’s critical that command data be delivered with 100% accuracy and reliability. Connext DDS meets these requirements by solving a wide range of connectivity challenges and accelerating the development of complex radar systems.

“We are honored to be a part of the JORN project. We look forward to continuing our efforts in advancing the future of radar systems.”

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