BAE Systems Selects MontaVista Software to Power New Artillery and Naval Gun Systems

Rapid development, long-term support, and high quality of commercial Linux led to selection over proprietary RTOS solution

Santa Clara, Calif – January 18, 2010 – MontaVista® Software LLC, the leader in embedded Linux® commercialization, announced BAE Systems Bofors in Sweden has selected MontaVista Linux to power their new naval and artillery gun systems. The use of a commercial quality embedded Linux provides for rapid development, combined with the long-term support required for military applications.

When BAE began evaluating the development platform for their new artillery and naval gun systems, they looked at traditional RTOS products, as well as open source solutions like Linux. Since the new systems are built on standard processors, commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware, and some internally developed hardware, there were numerous choices available for the operating system and development environment. Because of the nature of their products, BAE needed to develop their new gun system on a platform that was reliable, and of the highest quality.

In the end, BAE Systems Bofors decided on Linux as their development platform and selected MontaVista Linux Professional Edition. MontaVista Linux was chosen because of the commercial quality it delivers, the long term support provided by MontaVista, and the variety of hardware platforms supported. By selecting MontaVista Linux, BAE could quickly leverage the skills and talents of their Linux developers and the broader Linux community.

Supporting Quotes:

"Military customers demand systems of the highest quality, and require support for extended lengths of time. At the same time, BAE needed a development environment that allowed us to rapidly deliver new systems to market to meet the needs of our customers," said Mikael Alfredsson, Manager Electronics & Electrical Design, BAE Systems Bofors. "By selecting MontaVista Linux we are able to achieve all these objectives, an open source operating system of the highest quality, rapid development, and long term support from Linux experts."

"We look forward to working with BAE Systems Bofors as they develop their new artillery and naval gun system," said Art Landro, President, MontaVista Software. "Our commercial Linux solutions provide the best combination of quality, support, and rapid development. We are pleased to see companies like BAE embrace Linux as their development platform for the future."

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Key Points:

  • Military systems have a long life span, and need to be reliable and future proof
  • New system is built on standard processors and COTS hardware, along with some internally developed hardware
  • BAE selected MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 5.0 for their development environment
  • Recognized MontaVista as a leader in embedded Linux commercialization who could provide the required long term support
  • Selecting Linux over RTOS allowed them to leverage broad Linux skill set in the market



About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), is a leader in embedded Linux commercialization. For over 10 years, MontaVista has been helping embedded developers get the most out of open source by adding commercial quality, integration, hardware enablement, expert support, and the resources of the MontaVista development community. Because MontaVista customers enjoy faster time to market, more competitive device functionality, and lower total cost, more devices have been deployed with MontaVista than with any other Linux. To learn more, please visit


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