Open Systems Architecture Solutions

Collins is – open

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To ensure a more agile and connected multi-domain battlespace, our avionics and mission connectivity solutions are open and modular, enabling rapid technology insertions and increased mission flexibility to help outpace evolving enemy threats. Our cost-effective approach avoids vendor lock and assists customers in protecting previous investments while upgrading to new technologies that stay ahead of our adversaries.

Answering our customers' problems

At Collins Aerospace, we address our customers’ most difficult challenges by designing open and modular hardware and software systems.


Break vendor lock

  • Reduce OEM control over customer systems
  • Expand trusted supplier base

Speed up deployment of new capabilities to the field

  • Designed for shorter integration cycles
  • Sustain overmatch against emerging threats

Drive more frequent upgrades

  • Enable future-proofing as new technologies emerge
  • Provide upgrades "at the speed of relevance" to customers
  • Enable continuous improvement via evolving capabilities

Open systems experience you can count on

For over 85 years, Collins Aerospace has been a leader in the design, development and integration of airborne and ground solutions. We’ve pioneered open systems architecture for more than 30 years, leading the way for open upgrades that enable rapid integration of third-party technologies.

Additionally, Collins continues to lead the establishment and implementation of open standards (OMS, HOST, FACE™, SOSA™, NIIA, STANAG) through consortiums to enable software and hardware interoperability, as well as open system architectures.

Collins Mission Flight Management Software (MFMS-1000) and Localizer Performance and Vertical Guidance Calculator (LPVC-1000) are two of many software applications that have received Conformance Certificates from The open group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™), marking one of the highest completion rates in the industry. In 2017, our Avoidance Re-router (ARR-7000) software product was the first to be certified.

Open systems are critical for our customers' success. Some Collins programs of record with open systems technology include:

  • U.S. Air Force (USAF) - Software Programmable OMS-compliant (SPOC) radio terminal and Software Programmable Agile Radiofrequency Tactical Aerial Network (SPARTAN)
  • U.S. Army - Mounted Assured PNT System (MAPS) Gen II, HMS-manpack program/PRC-162 and the mission system for Airborne Launched Effects (ALE)
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Learn more about some of our open solutions.

Future Vertical Lift (FVL) open systems solutions

As one of the U.S. Army’s six modernization priorities to dominate in the multi-domain battlespace, our modular open systems approach (MOSA) for FVL enables greater mission flexibility, as well as easier and faster advancements over time as new capabilities are integrated into the program.

MOSARC™ integrated avionics solution

Our MOSARC™ is a revolutionary advanced avionics solution that meets government open systems standards while ensuring the separation of air vehicle and mission system equipment, enabling rapid third-party integration into the field for current and future warfighters. This increases performance, safety and cybersecurity.

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Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing System (MAPS) Gen II

Collins MAPS Gen II is an open, next-generation Mounted Assured PNT solution that maintains the integrity of positioning and timing in GPS-contested environments and keeps up with the pace of current and future enemy threats and technologies.

Mission System for Airborne Launched Effects (ALE)

Small, lightweight and with open architecture, our mission system enables ALEs to rapidly and securely connect to the modern battlespace. Through advanced fusing of time critical targeting data derived from air vehicles, payloads and networked sensors, our mission system for ALE maximizes manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) and advanced autonomy. It delivers a cohesive and accurate message that dramatically increases the survivability and mission effectiveness of high value air assets and their crews in any anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environment.

FlexLink™ adaptive connectivity solution

Through adherence to the modular opens systems approach (MOSA), FlexLink™ adaptive connectivity solution for communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) delivers the resilient networks and Assured PNT needed to connect the battlespace and rapidly adapt to outpace the threat.


Perigon™ gives you maximum flexibility and scalability, combining multiple processor configurations, including options for simplex, duplex and triplex redundancy, and high-power computing with an open-system architecture allowing you to host complex software applications to meet your integration needs now and into the future.

Mission Flight Management Software (MFMS-1000)

MFMS-1000 is a FACE™ Conformant Certified solution that provides global civil airspace access with seamless integration of existing mission flight management capabilities in a portable software-only solution.

Avoidance Re-router (ARR-7000)

ARR-7000 is a FACE™ Conformant Certified software with advanced cognitive decision-aiding application that enables pilots to quickly react to stationary or moving threats encountered along the flight path.

In the news

Article: Increasing capability platform modernization with open systems and open infrastructure (The Modern Battlespace, November 2021)

Article: Growing UAS adoption in defense promotes the embrace of open systems architectures (The Modern Battlespace, November 2021)

Article: Collins Aerospace Advancing Rapid Capabilities Evolution Through Open Systems (Air Force Magazine, September 2021)

Article: Former FACE consortium vice chairman offers an outlook on the groups evolution and future (The Modern Battlespace, September 2021)

News: Collins Aerospace leads the way in open systems for military avionics with additional FACE certifications (Collins Aerospace, June 2021)

News: Collins Aerospace connects military airborne and ground data through multi-node network (SPARTAN and SPARTACUS radios) (Collins Aerospace, May 2021)

Article: Canadian Army veteran champions Open Systems and interoperability into his civilian career (Modern Integrated Warfare, May 2021)

Article: Future-proofing FVL efforts with the power of MOSA (The Modern Battlespace, April 2021)

Article: Air Launched Effects (ALE) require an open systems approach and adaptability for Impact (Modern Integrated Warfare, March 2021)

Article: Experts in the Field: Rob Scott Reflects on a DEVSECOPS approach for military (The Modern Battlespace, February 2021)

Article: Experts in the Field: Phil Jasper reflects on the evolution of a defense open systems approach (The Modern Battlespace, November 2020)

Article: An open systems approach in the future airborne capability environment in the battlespace (The Modern Battlespace, November 2020)

Article: Reimagining Industry’s open systems approach to support Army Futures Command modernization efforts (The Modern Battlespace, October 2020)

News: Military radios of the future: Collins Aerospace developing open architecture terminal for U.S. Air Force (Collins Aerospace, August 2020)

News: Collins wins a position on the U.S. Air Force Advanced Battle Management System program (Twitter, August 2020)

Article: Modular open systems architecture and it impact on military weapon systems innovation (The Modern Battlespace, August 2020)

Article: Modernized sensor technology and improving multi-domain operations (The Modern Battlespace, June 2020)

Article: Future Vertical Lift is a critical modernization priority for the Army (The Modern Battlespace, November 2019)

Article: An analysis of the impact of software defined radios on modern military communications (The Modern Battlespace, February 2019)