Microsoft’s proprietary platform is now stretching from the cloud with Windows Azure to nuclear submarines. No less than 12 submarines from the Royal Navy have been upgraded to the Submarine Command System Next Generation (SMCS NG), via BAE Systems.
Windows for Submarines is the program undertaken by the Royal Navy and BAE Systems to equip the nuclear-propelled and nuclear-armed warship fleet with a Windows-based command system. The transition to the Windows for Submarines command system on HMS Vigilant, a Trident nuclear missile submarine, was completed in just 18 days.
“This is a fantastic achievement,” Captain Pat O’Neill, leader of the Ministry of Defence’s Submarine Combat System Group, stated. “From speaking to operators and maintainers, I know how much they like SMCS NG. BAE Systems work is proof that we can get commercial off the shelf technology to sea quickly and support it affordably.”