Academics at the Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, will shape the common operating system (COS) for the Boeing X-45C and Northrop Grumman X-47B, the two vehicles that comprise the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) programme. The Maryland-based laboratory will collaborate with the two primes to establish the standards and architecture for the COS, sometimes brokering agreements with other vendors to complete the work and other times integrating the systems internally. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded the $27 million contract on 28 September.


Source: Flight International