Raytheon Delivering Linux To Navy UAV Ground Stations

Raytheon will help the U.S. Navy transition to using Linux software at ground control stations for unmanned air vehicles, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.

The company’s intelligence and information systems unit won a $27,883,883 contract to implement the tactical control system software, used for directing vertical take-off UAVs.

Work under the cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract will occur at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Md. and the Pentagon expects the work to finish by February 2014.

Contract funds totaling $5,175,075 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year and the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River is the contracting activity.

The Waltham, Mass.-based company is also developing frequency jamming technology for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

2 comments for “Raytheon Delivering Linux To Navy UAV Ground Stations

  1. tumaru
    8 June 2012 at 6:01 am

    That’s great (and an obvious choice) but my question is how much of that will get put towards development of linux. I’m not saying they should put a giant amount of money towards it and that’s the most important thing but it is an interesting thing to wonder about.

    • 8 June 2012 at 7:33 pm

      I don’t think Linux is always the obvious choice. While I’m a big Linux user, I would have thought a *BSD would probably have been a more appropriate choice. I believe that a BSD would have been a more appropriate choice because of the BSD license vs the GPL2. Also BSD tend to move slower and usually more stable. I will say Linux probably faster to develop for because it has more software readily available for contrasted to *BSD.

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