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US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet
« on: June 09, 2012, 06:23:49 am »
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The US Navy has signed off on a $27,883,883 contract from military contractor Raytheon to install Linux ground control software for its fleet of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones.

The contract covers the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River in Maryland, which has already spent $5,175,075 beginning to install Linux systems. The no-bid contract was awarded to finish the work and get the Navy's drone fleet fully operational using a Linux backbone.

The Navy's only listed VTOL drone is the Northrup-Grumman MQ8B Fire Scout, which is designed to be carried by frigates and to provide electro-optical and infrared reconnaissance over a range of 110 miles, while allowing five hours on station. The Navy plans a fleet of 168 of the drones; some are currently deployed scouting-out drug shipments in the Caribbean, but can also be fitted 70mm rockets as needed for other missions.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/08/us_navy_linux_drones/

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Re: US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2012, 06:32:02 am »
Linux based custom crafted software for your eye in the sky and destructive delivery vehicle needs.

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