Critical Enablers for Defense Modernization

We are in an unprecedented period of defense modernization fueled by increased defense budgets and technology breakthroughs like hypersonics and autonomous systems.

The human family desires peace and the opportunity to excel in a world of complex geo-political theater. Nations face a complex challenge in the current era of competing priorities in striking the right balance of social investment as well as investment in new more affordable and capable defense platforms versus maintaining and sustaining existing defense assets.

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Transform the Acquisition Value Network by implementing digital engineering

Understand the case for digital transformation, prepare for large-scale transformation and enable the orchestration of transformation, governance and management

Purpose driven innovation and critical thinking are imperatives to the decision process. Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE® platform delivers the capabilities to achieve these important objectives through sustainable innovation and harmonization of nature, product, and life.  As the only truly integrated, open, model-based data environment, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides cradle-to-grave virtual twin experience technology for the defense industry.  Specific capabilities that decrease cost and risk, increase production efficiency, and optimize performance across the acquisition lifecycle include:

The Mission: The modeling of the mission is the starting point. Digital mission engineering provides an integrated framework to model and simulate every aspect of the mission through the end-to-end life cycle. Thorough simulation lifecycle management enables robust collaboration across all stakeholders and actors through each phase of the program. The relevance of mission engineering applies not only for new systems but equally important for aging systems as we now reverse engineer aging systems to extend their life and usefulness for future missions through their virtual twin experience.

The Development: Through deliberate communication and collaboration, robust mission engineering enables multi-disciplinary simulations of all facets of the proposed system. The simulation capabilities enable teams to consider significantly more trade space alternatives in a fraction of the time while at the same time know with confidence, the most promising capabilities, technologies, and operational alternatives. At any point in the design maturity, assessment of the systems’ ability to meet the mission requirements are validated through virtual and minimal physical testing.  The ability to model manufacturing and supply chain processes as well as balance cost, schedule, and technical risks at any time is paramount to successfully executing the program into operations and sustainment.

The Operations & Support:  Delivery of the right level of mission performance is about not only the design and production of the system, but also the operations and support of the system throughout its life.  Resilient systems enabled by artificial intelligence and predictive data analytics through various sensor capabilities proactively improve fleet readiness. The virtual twin experience closes the gap between the virtual and physical worlds through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform ensuring mission success.

Modern threats require at the same time the further sophistication of defense systems and a higher degree of collaboration between different defense actors. The innovation budgets required for developing these more complex systems of systems are in direct competition with growing cost of maintaining existing assets in operations.


By using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, OEMs and defense forces can at the same time lower their costs of operations and develop a modular system of system architecture for new programs, enabling both innovation and integration of future and existing assets in a common referential.

David Ziegler > Dassault Systèmes
David Ziegler
Vice President, Aerospace & Defense Industry, Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes is and will continue to be a committed, dedicated, and trusted Defense partner. Dassault Systèmes delivers to the various Defense agencies and respective value networks:

  • A state-of-the-art system for 21st century Model Based Development.  We are supporting the ecosystem in accelerating innovations and gaining in transparency with Model-Based Systems Engineering.
  • A truly collaborative platform, designed to keep the program team informed, engaged and focused on the common mission objectives.
  • An interactive, data-driven environment for the design, systems engineering, manufacturing, operations, and support of mission essential objectives.  
  • An open architecture with the ability to leverage existing data systems and tools, which creates a digital bridge between current and new programs.  An innovative and versatile platform.
  • A proven focus on reduced costs and risk, increased performance, on schedule delivery of the capabilities required to deliver on time, cost and performance.

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