Boeing builds unmanned combat airplane with Smiths computers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 4 August 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).

Aug 4th, 2005

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 4 August 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.

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.

"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," said John Ferrie, president of Smiths Aerospace.

Smiths Aerospace is a leading transatlantic aerospace equipment and systems company, with more than 10,000 employees and $2 billion sales worldwide. Smiths Aerospace, a part of Smiths Group plc, holds key positions in the supply chains of all major military and civil aircraft and engine manufacturers and is a world-leader in digital, electrical power, mechanical systems, engine components and customer services. For more information, see www.smiths-aerospace.com.

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