On the PCWorld website, Benj Edwards looks at some of the oldest computers still in use today used to run "a contemporary business," and are still essential to maintaining modern weapons system. Above, an image of a DEC PDP-11 from Wikipedia.
When you see reports about the small, remote-controlled drones that the military uses to gather intelligence and target enemies in Pakistan and Afghanistan, its easy to assume that all our weaponry is equally modern. Some significant weapons systems that our military depends on today, though, run on technology that dates back, in some instances, to the Vietnam War era.
The U.S. Navys ship-based radar systems and Britains Atomic Weapons Establishment, which maintains that countrys nuclear warheads, use PDP minicomputers manufactured in the 1970s by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).
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