Aerospace and Defense

Aerospace & Defense

A&D Engineering and Product Development Software

ANSYS helps aerospace and defense product development companies meet their key business initiatives through simulation driven aerospace engineering design and drives innovation through the exploration of a wider range of product design options.

Leading companies around the globe leverage the power of ANSYS aerospace design software to meet the challenges of improving fuel efficiency, reducing environmental impact and to satisfy customer demands for safety, reliability, faster time to market and design for affordability.

ANSYS aerospace design software covers the full spectrum of aerospace and defense product development, ranging from applications that include aerodynamics, aerostructures, propulsion systems, electronics, on board systems, control and display software to space systems, hypersonics and survivability.


  • Aircraft
  • Defense
  • Electronics
  • Space


The upward price of jet fuel and the desire to reduce its environmental impact are driving the entire commercial aircraft supply chain to aggressively improve fuel efficiency and reduce the lifecycle cost of ownership.

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Because of its incredible depth and breadth, ANSYS engineering simulation technology plays a crucial role in the defense industry, especially as major organizations improve design process efficiency and leverage model-based systems engineering in the drive for affordability.

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The more-electronic aircraft initiative expects to significantly reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency. There are two key components: reducing the size, weight, power and cooling (SWAP-C) requirements of electronic systems and replacing traditional systems with their electronic equivalents.

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Because of space’s unforgiving environment, product design must be right the first time. ANSYS' engineering simulation technology ensures product reliability at established and emerging government and commercial space technology organizations.

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  • Smart & Affordable ISR
  • Design for Affordability
  • Engineering for Sustainment
  • More Efficient Aircraft
  • Passenger Comfort & Safety

Smart & Affordable ISR

ANSYS engineering technology is ideal for developing smart and affordable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) products. Simulation helps to reduce late-stage failures, deliver enhanced payload and platform capabilities (including unmanned systems) and improve performance of embedded electronic and communications technology. Integrated systems analysis and multiphysics simulation deliver robust platform and payload integration.

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Design for Affordability

Simulation-based engineering has proven beneficial in reducing product development time and cost as well as building in higher quality and more innovation. However, in this era of fiscal scrutiny, merely using simulation tools is not sufficient to meet affordability targets.

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Engineering for Sustainment

With capabilities related to fatigue, advanced materials, next-generation electronics and embedded control code, ANSYS technology helps customers engineer for sustainment through lifecycle prediction. This includes minimizing maintenance costs, optimizing operational availability, reducing late-stage design failure and integrating new hardware and software components into existing platforms.

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More Efficient Aircraft

Improving fuel efficiency and reducing environmental impact touches all aspects of aircraft design.

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Passenger Comfort & Safety

Comfort and safety of airline passengers is a key competitive battleground. Environmental control system (ECS) designers leverage ANSYS simulation software to meet sometimes-competing targets.

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