Siemens delivers Digital Thread software to US DoD


Siemens Digital Industries Software is supplying its Digital Thread software, part of its Xcelerator portfolio of products, to the USA’s Department of Defense.

Digital Thread for Defense is already in use by the US Air Force (USAF) to support current and future programs, after Siemens Government Technologies was awarded a US$24.6M contract last year for its  Teamcenter software, a foundation of the Xcelerator portfolio and Digital Thread for Defense. The Air Force Product Lifecycle Management Capability Support Office will rely on Teamcenter for its open architecture, interoperability and use by aerospace and defense industry partners across a multitude of Air Force programs.

According to Siemens, the software leverages the industry’s most comprehensive and open digital portfolio to speed the development and delivery of innovative capabilities across the DoD and its entire supply chain.

“Defense agencies face increasing challenges from high investment costs to strict contract regulations, which emphasize the need for an open, integrated digital environment to connect data supporting complex DoD programs to the industry,” said Dale Tutt, vice president of aerospace and defense strategy at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “In selecting Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio, the Air Force can take advantage of these integrations for use across the span of both legacy and new platforms.”

According to Siemens, Digital Thread for Defense supports model-based systems engineering through sustainment. Using the digital twin concept, the platform can provide a  lifecycle for programs across the DoD and its industry partners.

The software features end-to-end model definition, a simulation-driven lifecycle and adaptable processes that deliver a navigable set of program information by ensuring the mission, requirements and architectures are visible and traceable throughout the downstream lifecycle. This helps to enable the speed and flexibility required to continuously adapt to the changing priorities and conditions of the DoD.

Finally, its open ecosystem and architecture is designed to allow both new and existing programs to transition to take advantage of its digital capabilities. The structure helps to create a common foundation across programs, DoD service branches and industry partners to help advance capabilities across programs very quickly while enabling an open architecture.

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