The U.S. Air Force held a workshop earlier this month to foster collaboration with the use of modeling-based development methods.
The Weapons Digital Enterprise Workshop commenced Dec. 9 at Eglin Air Force Base and aimed to fortify the relationship between the service branch and digital defense organizations, USAF said Monday.
Experts from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory formed the Eglin AFB Modeling and Simulation Consortium, a group that advocates for the use of digital twins in systems testing.
Digital twins are virtual representations of weapon systems. Operators model digital twins to virtually test the performance and outcomes of systems.
Consortium members highlighted strategies to apply digital engineering to weapons development, with a focus on autonomous technologies.
“This was a very productive forum, and I look forward to reviewing the team’s detailed plans and recommendations as we move to transform the future of weapons acquisitions and further integrate our Team Eglin enterprise,” said Col. Garry Haase, who leads AFRL’s Munitions Directorate.