The purpose of this document is to define the technical architecture for the NATO Aircraft, Launcher, and Weapon Interoperability - Common Interface (ALWI-CI) environment for aircraft/weapon integration. It was developed by NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG) Subgroup 97 in response to direction from the NAFAG Air Group 2, with technical support from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aerospace Avionic Systems Division, to facilitate an interoperable plug-and-play integration capability for aircraft, launchers, and weapons across NATO airpower.
The field of application for the ALWI Technical Architecture is NATO aircraft, carriage devices (launchers, carriage devices, etc.), stores (weapons, pods, etc.), and other systems/subsystems which support store employment (communication networks, mission planning systems, etc.)