This year is a banner year for The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium. It is now crossing its seventh anniversary and has completed the technical and business documents that will drive new FACE procurements with enduring efficiencies for generations of military aircraft.
Guest blog by Chip Downing.
The FACE approach is now ready for building efficient, affordable, and competitive next generation aircraft systems.
Downing stated: “I was recently elected as the new Chair of the FACE Consortium Business Working Group (BWG), and I am honoured and proud to lead this productive organisation into a new era of FACE utilisation that will accelerate new capabilities for our global military systems. With over 1,300 experts from 95 leading organisations from the US Defence Industry, US Defence Services, and US Intelligence Agencies we are ready to drive this standard to new heights of usage and deployment.”
The goal of the FACE Consortium is to enable agile, innovative solutions that give the military a strategic advantage. Traditionally it has focused its avionics financial resources and engineering efforts on single-platform, stove-pipe architectures and software designs. With the FACE architecture, it is now free to focus on driving innovation across many platforms over the entire asset life cycle. This increased application capability and utility speeds cutting edge technology to those who defend freedom.
The FACE Technical Standard stands on the shoulders of over 100 proven commercial and military standards to provide value. It can immediately leverage the design and operational efficiencies proven in commercial aircraft and use these to new capabilities into airborne systems.
The FACE Approach has three very powerful characteristics — Speed, Agility, and Excellence:
The companies that supported the first entries into the FACE Registry – Rockwell Collins, Harris, and Wind River – are leading this FACE business and technical transformation.
Using the FACE capabilities is the smart, intelligent way to create innovative solutions for future generations of airborne systems. Deploying FACE solutions will optimise scarce financial and engineering resources and enable the US and its coalition partners to extend their strategic military advantages over all global adversaries.
Entering a new era with the FACE standard, means transitioning from building and testing the FACE specifications to training users, implementing the standard, and deploying powerful next generation airborne platforms.
All members of the FACE Consortium are available to contact to help train and guide organisations to advance the airborne systems into a highly-efficient, standards-based future.
For more information on the Open Group FACE Consortium, visit here.
Courtesy of Wind River.