We have responded to the austere funding environment by pioneering "win win" partnerships between Naval Aviation and industry for updated, affordable, and jointly- interoperable mission avionics. Ongoing acquisition reform efforts have provided the opportunity to get the most out of our existing funding, enabling us to achieve significant incremental decreases in unit cost and increases in system reliability and readiness. Pre-planned digital technology insertion for next-generation systems and the implementation of a commercial maintenance concept virtually eliminates obsolescence issues. Acquisition savings and the program manager's ability to leverage industry products and independent R&D investments provides Naval Aviation with a rapid and cost-effective means to achieve increased avionics functionality.
Performance-based avionics requirements may allow us to share systems with the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and commercial users. Future avionics components used by Naval Aviation may also be used in other airborne, surface, and ground-vehicle applications, a development that will benefit the entire Department of Defense.
Our vision of air combat electronics in the next century includes a
systems approach that integrates modular hardware products - including
the Modular Communications System (MCS), the Modular Guidance/Navigation
System (MGS), and the Modular Mission Processor (MMP) - under the Advanced
Mission Information Management System (AMIMS). This "System of Systems
for Tomorrow" has significant growth potential. It will accommodate advances
in networking, broadcast intelligence, enhanced situational imagery, mission
replanning, targeting, and threat avoidance.