Standard recommendation page Standard recommendation page

Objective of this page is to publish the standard recommendations adopted by ASD SSG.

List of standards adopted by ASD List of standards adopted by ASD

Design and PLM field


ASD recommends the use of STEP AP242 for the exchange, long term archiving and transfer to downstream processes of CAD data (mechanical design, incl. composite) and associated configuration (PDM) data. The most recent editions of the standards should be used wherever possible.

ASD encourages CAD vendors and 3D viewer Vendors to develop AP242 interfaces and visualization capabilities.

ASD encourages PDM vendors to develop PDM AP 242 interfaces and to support the setting up of the PDM Implementor Forum (planned start in 2015), in charge of the development of AP 242 XML PDM recommended practices.

This strategy will also support interoperability with modular STEP standards for other parts of the lifecycle, including AP233 “Systems engineering”, AP209 “Multidisciplinary analysis and design”, AP210 “Electronic assembly, interconnect and packaging design” and AP239 “Product life cycle support”.

NB: this recommendation supersedes the previous ASD recommendation related to STEP AP203 and AP214 (dated 19 April 2013), STEP AP242 replacing and enhancing these two previous standards.

Adoption date: 2 February 2015

Related blips: AP242 ed1, AP242 ed2

EN9300 LOTAR 1xx EN9300 LOTAR 1xx
ISO 14306 JT Ed2 ISO 14306 JT Ed2

ASD recognizes the use of ISO 14306:2017 as suitable for 3D light visualization, limited to the 3D tessellated geometry and “STEP BREP” representations.

ASD SSG observes that there is a possible confusion in industry between the various flavours of JT available on the market, and that conformance of implementations to the standard should be evaluated by individual companies, as there is no official certification.  

ASD does not recommend using ISO 14306 for long term archiving – See LOTAR blip.
Adoption date: April 2019
Related blip: ISO14306 JT v2

TDP Message TDP Message

ASD recommends the TDP Message Header DEX specification as a relevant standard mechanism to exchange Technical Data Packages.

Adoption date: 5th of October 2012
Related blip: TDP Message

Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) field

S1000D S1000D

ASD recommends the use of S1000D - International specification for technical publications using a common datasource - for the documentation of any civil or military vehicle or equipment.

Adoption date: prior to SSG creation.
Related blip: S1000D

S3000L S3000L
ASD recommends the use of S3000L, as part of the ASD ILS Specification Suite, for Logistic Support Analysis (LSA) information exchange.
Recommendation formally agreed by ASD SSG on 5th of October 2012.

Related blip: S3000L

SX000i SX000i

ASD recommends the use of SX000i, as part of the ASD/AIA suite of ILS specifications, as the framework for a global ILS process and the guide for the use of the S-series ILS specifications by ILS managers and practitioners.

Recommendation formally agreed by ASD SSG on 24 February 2017.
Related blip: SX000i


ASD recommends the use of SCORM 2004 for the exchange of training information in conjunction with S1000D 4.1

Recommendation adopted by ASD SSG on 5th of October 2012
Related blip: SCORM

STE100 STE100
BoostAero BoostAero

ASD recommends the use of BoostAero V2.10 for the following Supply Chain transactions:

  • Supply Agreement
  • Order Collaboration
  • Demand Forecast collaboration
  • Supply Instruction
  • Despatch Advice
  • Receipt Advice
  • Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI), Consigned VMI
  • Invoice, Self-billing Invoice

The recommendation above was adopted by ASD in June 2011.
Related blip: BoostAero



In an Aerospace and Defense environment, information is often highly sensitive, subject to national security controls, controlled by EAR and ITAR rules, and/or includes content that belongs to competing and collaborating organizations.  When information like this is sent to colleagues then the identity of the recipients needs to be checked and the content encrypted in transit.  When information like this is received from a colleague then the identity of the sender should be checked and the integrity of the data needs to be assured.
The TSCP Secure Email V1 technical specification provides these capabilities, using PKI certificates for digital signature and encryption, for use in the Aerospace and Defense sector.  Identity assurance to a common standard is achieved by limiting the use of digital certificates to only those issued by a Certificate Authority operating at the Certipath medium-hardware or medium-software levels following cross-certification directly to CertiPath or indirectly via a bridge which is itself cross-certified to CertiPath. 
TSCP also provides technical guidance, best practices and recommendations for implementing Secure Email V1.
The technical specification and supporting documents are available at

Adoption date: November 2011
Related blip: TSCP SEv1