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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Windows for Submarines

The Royal Navy is rolling out a new submarine command system and guess what: it runs on Windows. One’s gotta wonder what the failsafes are and how resiliency testing is performed on a vehicle that can be miles underwater and carries nuclear weapons. Let the BSOD jokes begin!

Windows for Submarines is the programme undertaken by the Royal Navy and BAE Systems to equip the nuclear-propelled and nuclear-armed warship fleet with a Windows-based command system. The transition to the Windows for Submarines command system on HMS Vigilant, a Trident nuclear missile submarine, was completed in just 18 days.

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