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<font size="3" font face="verdana">19 June 2012</font>

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<p><b><font size="3"><font color=#888888><u>US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet</u></font></font></b> <br><small>Posted by


<b> Paintballgirl</b>


<font size="1" font face="verdana">19 June 2012</font>

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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.<br><br>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.<br><br>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."<br><br><br>Go Navy! But wait... Isn't Linux a FREE software? ^.^<br><br>To read the whole story go <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/08/us_navy_linux_drones/">HERE</a></p> </font></font>


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