The international aerospace and defence community has over the past 20 years invested considerable efforts to develop specifications in the field of Integrated Logistic Support (ILS).
The work was initially accomplished by integrated working groups composed of Industry (initially members of ASD) and customer organisations (Ministries of Defence, etc.) in a collaborative environment. The structure and functional coverage of these specifications was largely determined by NATO requirements specified during the international workshop “HAW Acquisition Logistics” in Paris in 1993.
In July 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ASD and its American counterpart the Aerospace Industries Association of America, Inc. (AIA) in order to promote a common, interoperable, international suite of integrated logistics support specifications in the aerospace and defence industries of Europe and the United States. To make optimal use of the resources available, ASD and AIA agreed to work in concert on the joint development of the S-Series ILS specifications.
An ILS Spec Council was formed to conduct the overall governance of the development of the S-Series ILS specifications except the S1000D which is covered under a separate agreement between ASD, AIA and Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA).