Leading open systems development
The development of a
modular open systems approach (MOSA) remains a marquee requirement for FVL,
ensuring the highest level of multi-domain battlespace connectivity and enabling
faster integration of system technology as the mission evolves. It’s more than
concept, however. Best-in-class suppliers need to demonstrate fully MOSA
compliant systems – inclusive of integrated multi-vendor demonstrations – in
order to supply the warfighter a foundation for a best-in-class digital
ecosystem and satisfy the Army’s “fly before you buy” procurement strategy.
Our Huntsville, Alabama, Collins Aerospace site hosts a MOSA Center of Excellence inside our
Customer Experience Center where we invite
industry partners to test and demonstrate emerging open systems technology. It’s
that industry-wide collaboration that is needed to develop the best-in-breed
open systems architectures for this program and beyond.
Open systems are not only key to developing a seamless and easily upgradable
ecosystem for FVL, they also provide an important growth path for current fleet
platforms like the Black Hawk and Apache that can benefit from current and
future upgrades as those platforms remain in service for decades to come.
Pushing boundaries for platform-wide optimization
The FVL platforms will need to deliver on speed, range and payload capacity
like never before. This will require transformational solutions across the
platform that reduce weight and drag to ensure optimal performance. From the
materials used in design to the unique integration of systems and structures,
nothing is off the table to optimize FVL performance.
Companies must challenge the status quo by leveraging multiple capabilities in different
ways. Integrating systems across conventional product categories and
boundaries, revolutionizing development with advanced materials, and eliminating
waste from outdated product designs are just a few of the ways to reduce weight
and drag and empower superior performance for FVL, not to mention significant
potential cost savings in doing so.
Planning for continuous sustainment
With countless new technologies being developed for the FVL program,
long-term plans for
sustainment and advancement must be included to ensure the longevity of the
FVL fleets. The backwards compatibility of these technologies for the Army’s
current fleet is also a major consideration surrounding the technological
advancements for FVL.
Strategic sustainment partnerships enable building supportability roadmaps
now to avoid costly or inefficient infrastructure development in the future.
Technologies offers a host of capabilities to help the U.S. Army execute on
these key success factors, leveraging expertise from throughout the organization
to drive innovations and support meeting or exceeding requirements for Future
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