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Boeing Selects Aonix Software for Unmanned Combat System

The X - 45C.

San Diego CA (SPX) Oct 04, 2005
Aonix, a provider of complete solutions for safety- and mission-critical applications, announces Boeing's selection of the Aonix PERC real-time embedded Virtual Machine (VM) for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems' (J-UCAS) X - 45C program.

The networking, security and portability of the Java language makes it a natural fit for large-scale networked applications such as J-UCAS. PERC, a virtual machine delivering real-time deterministic capabilities, offers the reliability needed for Boeing's mission-critical software development.

The J-UCAS program is a joint Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Air Force and Navy effort to demonstrate the technical feasibility, usefulness and operational value of networked unmanned combat vehicles. J-UCAS will employ a Common Operating System, integrating the system components, which will provide the necessary software and services that enable system functionality, while minimizing the impact of platform constraints.

High-performance unmanned air vehicles complete with intelligent weapon systems are being designed to suppress enemy air defenses, provide surveillance, and execute precision air strikes within the emerging global command and control architecture.

"A growing number of government and commercial integrators recognize the benefits of the Java(TM) language in meeting real-time embedded needs," noted Kelvin Nilsen, Aonix CTO and pioneer of embedded real-time Java technologies.

"Aonix has developed a solid reputation for helping customers successfully design, implement and maintain high-quality real-time Java applications. Boeing's selection of PERC shows confidence in Java and its capabilities in solving large-scale networked applications with demanding real-time needs."

PERC is a clean-room virtual machine expressly created for demanding embedded and real-time systems requiring J2SE support. The Aonix PERC environment has the ability to support VxWorks(TM) 6.x, offers proven mission-critical reliability, and features the unique ability to guarantee compliance with real-time constraints."

Boeing began its unmanned combat aircraft program in 1998. The following year, DARPA and the U.S. Air Force chose Boeing to build two X-45A air vehicles and a mission control station under DARPA's Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Advanced Technology Demonstration Program.

Since that time, two Boeing-built X-45A's have flown 64 Demonstrations at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, CA. Aonix is pleased to have been chosen as part of the long lead development for the X-45C models which is currently in progress.

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