Rockwell Collins to help US Navy meet civil navigation standards on multiple aircraft

August 30, 2018 Photo(s): By Rockwell Collins
  • Open architecture flight management software enables Required Navigation Performance Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) capabilities for worldwide civil airspace access
  • FACE™ conformant software can be installed on new and existing solutions without changing hardware
Rockwell Collins’ Mission Flight Management Software (MFMS-1000) is an open architecture, FACE™ conformant solution that helps military customers meet civil navigation standards

Rockwell Collins is helping multiple US Navy and US Marine Corps aircraft obtain safety-critical Required Navigation Performance Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) capabilities through a contract issued by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Air Combat Electronics program office (PMA-209).

Under the agreement, Rockwell Collins will supply its Mission Flight Management Software (MFMS-1000) and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) Calculator (LPVC-1000) applications, which will enable these aircraft to meet RNP-RNAV requirements and obtain global airspace access and perform GPS approach procedures. These procedures improve airspace utilization and reduce congestion, delays and fuel burn while improving safety by providing more precise aircraft navigation.

"Pilots will now be able to comply with civil flight procedures while operating in the continental US, Europe and other areas of the world where adherence to the latest Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management rules are required," said Heather Robertson, senior director for Rockwell Collins. "The MFMS-1000 software is also certified conformant to the FACE™ Technical Standard, resulting in a hardware-agnostic solution portable to any avionics system. This will be the first time military aircraft will have a low risk means to implement RNP-RNAV compliance without the need for an expensive and time-consuming avionics system upgrade."

Rockwell Collins has decades of experience in developing flight management system solutions certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and by multiple international civil aviation authorities. This contract continues a long tradition of supplying successful civil flight management capability to multiple US Navy aircraft such as the P-3C Orion, C-2A Greyhound, E-2C Hawkeye and the VH-60N presidential helicopter. The MFMS-1000 solution is built to meet all of the Navy's functional requirements and provides additional features for future applications.

Rockwell Collins has successfully supplied Flight Management System (FMS) solutions in more than 50 civil and military aircraft types using open architecture standard designs first deployed over 20 years ago. Adhering to newer open standards allows the solution to be deployed beyond traditional fixed and rotary-wing aircraft and into tilt-wing and unmanned aircraft while using the same software core.