View NAF:NSV-3 Systems to Systems Matrix Subview



The NSV-3 Systems to Systems Matrix subview is part of the NATO System View.

It is one of the 49 NATO Architecture Framework subviews*.

Version & Date

Version 3.1

* =  changed at 3.1

+ =  new at 3.1

The change history is derived from the definition of each NATO Architecture view within section 5.2.6 NATO System View (NSV) in AC/322(SC/1-WG/1)N(2009)0005-ADD2.  NATO Architecture Framework Version 3.1 document from .

See NAF Release History.


From the NATO Architecture Framework v3, CHAPTER 4, Section 4.7.3

The Systems to Systems Matrix provides detail on the interface characteristics described in the NSV-1 subview for the architecture, arranged in matrix form.

An NSV-3 product allows a quick overview of all the interface characteristics presented in multiple NSV-1 diagrams. The matrix supports a rapid assessment of potential commonalities and redundancies (or, the lack of redundancies).

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From the NATO Architecture Framework v3, CHAPTER 4, Section 4.7.3

NSV-3 is a summary description of the system to system interfaces identified in NSV-1. NSV-3 is similar to an NOV-3 information exchange matrix, with systems listed in the rows and columns of the matrix (instead of the node-node pairs per row), and with cells indicating a system interface pair (instead of information objects exchanged). Many types of interface characteristics can be presented in the cells of NSV-3.

The system interfaces can be represented using a number of different symbols and/or colour codes that depict different interface characteristics. NAF does not specify the symbols to be used, but if it is used, the NSV-3 matrix must provide a key to the symbols.

The following are examples:

  • status (e.g., existing, planned, potential, deactivated);
  • purpose;
  • classification level;
  • means;
  • standards;
  • key interfaces

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Data Objects*

From the NATO Architecture Framework v3.1, CHAPTER 5, Section

The data in an NSV-3 can include:

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Configuration History


Would expect that any standards that apply to an interface should be defined using the NTV-1 rather than rely on colour as suggested.


  • Section 4.7.3 (page 245 of pdf) of APPENDIX 1 TO ANNEX 1 TO AC/322-D(2007)0048. NATO Architecture Framework Version 3.
  • Section of Chapter 5 AC/322(SC/1-WG/1)N(2009)0005-ADD2 NATO Architecture Framework Version 3.1

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