In 1994, when then-Secretary of Defense William Perry formalized the requirement for defense suppliers to use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions, his vision of the benefits he foresaw was clear. Development costs would be lower; equipment would cost less as a result of moving away from mil specs and of competition between suppliers; and expenses would shrink as technology insertion mitigated the effects of obsolescence, or COTS suppliers absorbed the costs.
In Perry’s definition, therefore, ‘COTS’ meant products that were developed and manufactured in quantity, rather than one-offs for a specific program; they leveraged commercially available technologies, such as processors from Intel; and they would ideally embrace industry standards and open architectures in order to maximize interoperability. Critically, they would be price list items; they would be broadly appropriate for a wide range of applications and environments; and they would be available to any customer who could use them.
As such: yes, Abaco products are truly COTS products.