BAE secures F-35 software contract

Friday - 1/21/2011, 9:30am EST

It isn't just your computer network that needs cybersecurity: fighter jets need it too. That's where BAE Systems comes in. It just signed a $3.8 million contract to continue supplying the secure operating system that runs the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's mission-planning software. BAE's operating system will collect data at varying security levels. It'll use that data - including intelligence, weather, communications and navigation - to develop the mission plan. Then the information is loaded onto the jet for mission execution. Once the plane returns, the data is broken down according to security level.

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