ROCKWELL COLLINS is to provide the US Navy and the US Marine Corps (USMC) jets with safety-critical Required Navigation Performance Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) capabilities.

The RNP-RNAV capabilities will be delivered under a contract issued by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Air Combat Electronics program office (PMA-209).

Under the deal, Rockwell will be responsible for delivering its Mission Flight Management Software (MFMS-1000) and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) Calculator (LPVC-1000) applications to the US Navy and the USMC.

“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.”

The new applications will help aircraft meet RNP-RNAV requirements and obtain global airspace access while carrying out global positioning system (GPS) approach procedures.

The procedures enhance airspace utilisation and reduce congestion, delays and fuel burn while increasing safety by ensuring precise aircraft navigation.

Rockwell Collins senior director Heather Robertson said: “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.

“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.”

The MFMS-1000 application has been designed to meet all of the functional requirements of the US Navy, in addition to offering additional features for future applications.