By Geertjan-Oracle on Feb 03, 2010
Don't take my word for it, read the article (assuming you want to pay $36 too) published May 2008, here:
Here are some small and grainy screenshots from within the article above:
When you read the article you'll find the following paragraph: "ASTRAD includes open-source components to avoid license pending issues and to maintain control over the software. The IDE is based on the NetBeans Platform, a Sun Microsystems open-source reusable framework for assisting in the development of other desktop applications. ASTRAD is a set of NetBeans modules providing many additional features. The resulting architecture inherits from NetBeans modularity and is easily tailored to different deployments."
And guess how the article ends? "Launched as a joint project between French Ministry of Defence and radar industry community, the ASTRAD software has the ambition to stand out as a reference platform for engineering and scientific applications. A common objective is also to promote ASTRAD as the European solution and propose built-in solution for the design and assessment of complex systems."
That reminds me a bit of what Saab Systems Grintek is doing with the NetBeans Platform for the South African National Defence Force: http://kitt.co.za. Hmmm. Along the way there are now so many defence related NetBeans Platform screenshots on NetBeans Platform Showcase that the time has come to create two separate categories from the "Aerospace and Defence" section.
In other news. Tomorrow's blog entry will be entitled "Swedish Ministry of Defence on the NetBeans Platform".