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Smiths Selected By Boeing For X-45C Joint - Unmanned Combat Air Systems Work

A lot of information to process when the man is taken out of the loop.

Grand Rapids MI (SPX) Aug 09, 2005
Smiths Aerospace has been selected by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems to supply the Mission Management Processing System (MMPS) for the X-45C Joint - Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS). The initial program includes engineering and hardware to support the J-UCAS X-45C Concept Definition Phase (CDP) vehicles. Smiths anticipates further awards following a successful completion of the CDP.

Dr. John Ferrie, President, Smiths Aerospace commented, "This is a significant win for Smiths. We bring to the unmanned vehicle market strategic technologies which provide enhanced capabilities for the network centric battlespace."

Under this contract Smiths Aerospace will provide mission management processing and memory storage for the air vehicle. A docking station will also be supplied for the ground control portion.

Smiths' computing platform expertise, and experience with common operating software gained from several on-going programs, will be applied on the MMPS project. The X-45C MMPS development will also extend Smiths capabilities in image processing, geo-registration, secure processing, and on-board file server memory storage systems.

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Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Jul 27, 2005
The European Defence Agency has briefed more than 50 European industrial companies on two critical technology areas for long-endurance Unmanned Air Vehicles (LE-UAVs) for which it intends to contract initial technology demonstration studies by the end of the year.

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