US Navy Catamaran Uses Mozilla as Part of its Command and Control System

Monday April 5th, 2004

Computerworld is reporting that the US Navy's HSV 2 Swift catamaran uses Mozilla technology. The Swift, described as the most technologically advanced vessel produced to date, uses Mozilla as the user interface layer of its COMBATSS command and control system. Thanks to Jesse and Lee Marzke for the news.

#27 Re: safety critical

by ekrock <>

Thursday April 8th, 2004 10:35 PM

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Don't be *too* sure. Remember this is the same U.S. Navy that had to tow a ship back to port in the middle of a combat training exercise because they'd unwisely built its control system on Windows which then irrecoverably crashed during the exercise.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge fan of Moz and of the U.S. Navy and think this automation research project is a great idea. But it seems like the UI could be a mission critical interface and Moz was never designed for real time applications, so I really hope they've fully thought this issue through.