The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $7.8 million contract to develop mobile applications that will be viable for 100 years, regardless of changes in mobile devices and operating systems.

The contract, part of DARPA's Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems program, was awarded to a team led by Raytheon BBN Technologies, according to a Raytheon news release. Among the goals is to develop technology that will modify software as needed to stay current.

"Mobile apps are pervasive in the military, but frequent operating system upgrades, new devices and changing missions and environments require manual software engineering that is expensive and causes unacceptable delays," said Partha Pal, principal scientist at Raytheon BBN. "We are developing techniques to eliminate these interruptions by identifying the way these changes affect application functionality and modifying the software."

The Raytheon team includes Securboration, Inc., Oregon State University, Vanderbilt University and Syracuse University.