Wednesday Feb 03, 2010

French Ministry of Defence on the NetBeans Platform

"ASTRAD, which stands for "architecture and simulation tool for radar analysis and design", is a powerful software platform fitted to radar techniques. It provides users with all the functions needed to model, simulate and design radar systems. Launched as a joint project between French Ministry of Defence and the radar industry community, the ASTRAD software has the ambition to stand out as a reference platform for engineering and scientific applications."

Don't take my word for it, read the article (assuming you want to pay $36 too) published May 2008, here:

ASTRAD: Simulation platform, a breakthrough for future electromagnetic systems development

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".

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.

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