03 Sep 2018

Rockwell Collins to bolster US Navy’s civil navigation credentials

Rockwell Collins will assist numerous US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft to obtain safety-critical Required Navigation Performance – Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) capabilities via a contract issued by the Naval Air Systems Command ‘Air Combat Electronics’ programme office.

Under the agreement, Rockwell Collins will provide Mission Flight Management Software (MFMS-1000) and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) Calculator (LPVC-1000) applications, which will enable the aircraft to meet RNP-RNAV requirements, securing global airspace access and GPS approach procedures in the process. These procedures will improve airspace utilization and navigational safety while reducing congestion, delays and fuel burn.

“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 at 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.”

For Rockwell Collins, the contract is the continuation of a longstanding tradition of supplying successful civil flight management capabilities to 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 naval requirements and provides additional features for future applications.

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