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Navy Uses Digital Model to Test USS Abraham Lincoln Systems

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Naval Information Warfare Systems Command has completed a digital model that supports virtual tests with the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. The Digital Lincoln is a digital twin that virtually mirrors five interconnected systems the ship is scheduled to receive in fiscal year 2020, the Navy said Wednesday.

The command is adopting a model-analyze-build approach to virtually test technologies before production, transitioning from the old design-build-test methodology. The new approach also adheres to the Department of Defense Digital Transformation Strategy.

“Digital engineering is vital in modernizing how we design, develop, deliver, operate and sustain systems,” said Pat Sullivan, executive director at NAVWAR.

The digital twin helped NAVWAR identify potential integration issues of the five systems: Distributed Common Ground System, Navy Integrated Tactical Environmental System, Maritime Tactical Command and Control, Global Command and Control System and Agile Core Services.

These systems perform tasks related to intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, command and control, mission planning and connectivity. NAVWAR will uses lessons learned from Digital Lincoln to develop the digital twin model of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower or CVN 69.

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