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Boeing Selects Software for J-UCAS X-45C

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X-45C UCAS COTS Journal reports that Boeing has selected the Aonix PERC Java J2SE-based, real-time embedded Virtual Machine (VM) for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems’ (J-UCAS) X-45C program. The multi-billion dollar J-UCAS program is a joint Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Air Force and Navy effort to create UAVs deployable from land bases or aircraft carriers, with stealth characteristics and a range and weapons load that approaches current manned fighters. Both Boeing (X-45C) and Northrop-Grumman (X-47B Pegasus) are submitting and testing designs, but all J-UCAS platforms will employ a Common Operating System (COS) integrating the system components. As DARPA notes: (click to view full) “The Common Operating System is NOT a single monolithic software application hosted on a central processing element within J-UCAS. It’s not like UNIX, LINUX, or any of the available embedded operating systems. It does not manage and control resources such as hard drives, network cards, and keyboards as one would expect of these typical operating systems. In the case of the J-UCAS Common Operating System, the resources that it controls and manages are the specific components within J-UCAS. For example, the weapons, sensors, communication links and even the air vehicles that carry these […]

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