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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Open systems spotlight

Learn more about some of our open solutions.

Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Open Systems Solutions

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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.

Learn more: FVL Open Systems Approach

Mosarc™ Solutions for Open Systems Architecture

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Meeting the challenges of tomorrow’s battlespace requires technologically advanced avionics designed for speed, efficiency, and maximum flexibility. With Mosarc, Collins’ open systems avionics approach to MOSA, we’re supporting our existing and future military fleets at the highest level. For rapid avionics integration, collaboration and innovation, look to Mosarc.

Learn more: Mosarc™ Solutions for Open Systems Architecture

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

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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.

Learn more: MAPS Gen II

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.

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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.

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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.

Learn more: Perigon®
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Mission Flight Management Software (MFMS-1000)

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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.

Learn more: MFMS-1000

Avoidance Re-router (ARR-7000)

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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.

Learn more: ARR-7000



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