Parallel processing steers VTOL aircraft

(DEFENSE ELECTRONICS): The use of multicore microprocessor systems may provide the computing power needed for the multiple-jet VTOL aircraft being planned for future military service. Last month, the US Navy received a proposal for a second multiyear procurement (MYP II) contract for the production and delivery of V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The five-year, fixed-price incentive proposal, submitted by the Bell Boeing V-22 Program—a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter and Boeing Company—accounts for a total of 174 V-22 Osprey aircraft for the US Marines and Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Full Article