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Lockheed Martin Selects Aonix PERC Virtual Machine For Aegis Weapon System

Currently, Aegis Weapon System (pictured) capabilities are on 80 cruisers, destroyers and frigates on station around the world, with more than 25 under construction or planned.
by Staff Writers
Birmingham, UK (SPX) Oct 13, 2006
Aonix announced that Lockheed Martin has selected the Aonix PERC Ultra virtual machine (VM) for the Aegis Weapon System Open Architecture Program. The Aegis Open Architecture team aims to enhance the capabilities and service life of the U.S. Navy's premier surface combat system while also reducing its cost.

To help achieve these goals, Lockheed Martin selected the Aonix PERC VM based on its ability to provide deterministic, real-time performance and high productivity development.

The Lockheed Martin Aegis team was faced with programming language selection for its Open Architecture Program. Java was selected for several critical subsystems due to its superior tool and library support along with its superior productivity and portability. However, traditional Java offerings could not meet the challenge of the critical timing requirements for the Aegis project.

In contrast to its competitors, PERC Ultra, with its deterministic capabilities and ahead-of-time compilation, offered Lockheed Martin the responsiveness it needed to meet its most demanding timing requirements. In addition to real-time threading and deterministic garbage collection, PERC Ultra provided the instrumentation and VM management tools necessary to support the mission-critical real-time requirements of the Aegis Weapon System.

"While increased developer productivity is a major motivator for using Java, most Java solutions lack the predictable performance required for mission-critical applications," said Dave Wood, Aonix marketing director. "The experience of the Lockheed Martin Aegis program is yet another in a string of successes proving that PERC solves both the productivity and performance aspects of the equation for embedded Java developers."

The Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis Weapon System is the world's premier naval defense system and the sea-based element of the United States' Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Aegis Weapon System is a radar and missile system seamlessly integrated with its own command and control system, capable of simultaneous operation defending against advanced air, surface and subsurface threats.

Currently, Aegis Weapon System capabilities are on 80 cruisers, destroyers and frigates on station around the world, with more than 25 under construction or planned. In addition to the U.S. Navy, Aegis is the primary naval surface weapon system for Japan, Spain, Norway, Korea and Australia.

First introduced nine years ago, PERC Ultra is the most widely used real-time virtual machine available for Java developers, with fielded installations in telecommunications, telematics, avionics, deep space exploration, industrial automation, military, and office automation applications. PERC supports most major real-time operating systems and a variety of target processors including PowerPC, XScale, ARM, and Intel x86 architectures.

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Warsaw (RIA Novosti) Oct 12, 2006
The U.S. has not yet officially proposed to Poland that American missile defense elements be deployed on the European country's territory, the Polish defense minister said Wednesday. The United States has ambitious plans to deploy a network of anti-missile systems across the world to protect itself and its allies from threats from countries such as Iran and North Korea, and there has been speculation they would be based in at least two former Communist-bloc countries, which Russia sees as a threat to its national security.







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