Missionizing commercial technologies

In today’s constrained budgetary environment, governments around the globe are turning to commercial technologies to maximize value while ensuring efficiency, functionality and extensibility. Missionizing commercial technologies allows defense organizations to gain access to leading-edge innovations at a fraction of the costs traditionally associated with a clean-sheet, custom-engineered solution.

At Rockwell Collins, we’re making the most of our strength in the commercial and defense industries – and our R&D investment – by engineering our solutions and architectures to migrate easily between commercial and government applications. This business model not only brings next-generation technology to the warfighter more quickly, but at significantly lower cost.

Pro Line Fusion® on the KC-390

Our Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics system was originally developed for business aircraft, but its power and flexibility make it a natural choice for government applications as well, including Embraer’s KC-390 tanker/transport aircraft. Ruggedized to address the aircraft’s variety of missions, the flight deck will include five 15-inch displays and a leading-edge human-machine interface to provide pilots with extensive situational awareness for enhanced decision making.

Modernizing the C-130

For more than 60 years, the C-130 has served as an iconic workhorse for governments worldwide. Today, those governments are turning to Rockwell Collins to keep their aircraft flying by meeting modern communications needs and airspace access requirements while providing enhanced safety and functionality.

Our C-130 head-up displays (HUDs) – first developed for commercial air transport aircraft – enhance situational awareness by giving pilots access to critical flight information while maintaining a head-up, eyes-forward position, even while wearing night-vision goggles.

A software solution for global civil airspace

Access to civil airspace is becoming an increasingly important requirement for military aircraft around the globe. As air traffic regulations evolve and become more and more stringent, military operators need a cost effective approach to secure this access without sacrificing mission capability.

To address this challenge, Rockwell Collins has converted its commercial flight management technology – deployed on over 30 commercial and military platforms, with more than 20 million accrued flight hours – into a portable software package for military platforms, including fixed and rotary wing and manned and unmanned aircraft, that will reduce pilot workload and training.

Now military aircraft can gain mature civil flight management – including navigation, flight plan management and guidance capabilities – that can seamlessly integrate with existing mission systems and functions. And because the Mission Flight Management Software (MFMS-1000) works with open architectures and utilizes industry standards and data model constructs, software developers can more easily develop custom components for specialized functionality, reducing test time and ultimately increasing rapid, affordable deployment.