Strategic aircraft uses Compaq systems

Compaq Computer Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. have partnered up to deliver the first aircraft that will use off-the-shelf hardware and software in a critical combat role.

Compaq says the aircraft, which has been delivered to Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga., will use 20 Compaq AlphaServer ES40CV systems running the OpenVMS operating system.

The AlphaServer systems and other systems on the J-STARS aircraft are designed to provide accurate, real-time data and analysis about vehicles on the ground and slow-moving aircraft for peacekeeping missions and decision-making on the battlefield.

Compaq says federal contracts awarded to the company over the past three months, including some large multi-year agreements, will total more than US$1 billion if all options are exercised. Last week, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) awarded a 10-year contract worth more than $2 billion to a group of more than a dozen partner companies including Compaq. The companies have been given the task of modernizing the IT infrastructure of the NSA, part of which will include a rollout of Compaq equipment to handle various tasks for the national security watchdog agency.

Also, the job of upgrading some 32,000 computers in the Social Security Administration was awarded to Compaq in April. That $30 million effort will involve Compaq's Global Services division installing systems in about 1,000 Social Security and state Disability Determination Service locations across the U.S. in only five months.

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