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Simulating Military Electronics from the Microchip to the Mission

Engineers need to advance aerospace and military technology at an extraordinary rate to stay ahead of the threat in all domains of operation: air, sea, land and space.

eBook: Staying Ahead of the Threat: Simulation from the microchip to the mission

To achieve this, military electronics systems are playing an increasingly critical role as a differentiator between otherwise similar hardware systems.

Picture of an F-35 Lightning II that is making a tight turn

The F-35 aircraft is a great example. It may not be the fastest or the most maneuverable. However, its electronic systems ensure that it is able to counter any threat long before either of these factors become a concern. As a result, the pilot and the connected ecosystem the plane supports consistently stay ahead of the threat.

Some reports expect a cumulative $480 billion will be spent on military electronics before the decade is out, further underscoring their importance. Yet, significant engineering challenges lay ahead if industry is to meet the demand for these complex systems. These challenges include ensuring the electronics deliver the required performance while also being:

  • Secure
  • Lightweight
    • With the smallest possible form factors
  • Power and thermally efficient
  • Robust and reliable
    • In harsh physical and electromagnetic environments
  • Compatible with a myriad of other electronic components that are installed on modern platforms
  • Affordable

Overcoming Military Electronics Engineering Challenges

To address these and other challenges, the military ecosystem is undergoing a digital transformation. In fact, over 90% of aerospace and military executives are willing to digitally transform their industry and business. Yet only about 10% have made substantial progress.

Closing this gap represents an increased military advantage. The faster it is closed, the greater the advantage.

Ansys works with third-party consultants and military industry veterans from the very top of their profession. This work has revealed that simulation impacts the entire military acquisition process. Quantitative assessments suggest that simulation has:

  • Accelerated program delivery by 20%
  • Reduced labor requirements by 30%
  • Reduced maintenance cycle times by 30%
    • Due to digital twins

Realizing these gains is not straightforward. Ansys has identified that to be successful, organizations need to address five key simulation capabilities and measure their progress against them all. To learn more, these findings have been distilled into the eBook: Staying Ahead of the Threat: Simulation from the microchip to the mission.

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