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Air Force Research Lab’s WeaponONE Demo Highlights Benefits of Digital Twins to Warfighters; Col. Garry Haase Quoted

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WeaponONE Demo
WeaponONE Demo

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) conducted a demonstration of a program to highlight how digital twin technologies could help deliver weapons capabilities to warfighters in near real time.

AFRL’s munitions directorate integrated the Digital Twin Lab to improve the capabilities of Gray Wolf, a weapons system prototype designed to launch in a swarm to target hostile threats, during the virtual demonstration of the Team Eglin Weapons Digital Enterprise WeaponONE program, the service said Thursday.

The WeaponOne demonstration showed how data is gathered from weapons and transmitted back to digital twins via the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). The digital twins assessed potential software upgrades using computing systems powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning and sent back information to provide performance improvements to physical weapons.

“The Digital Twin Lab represents the ultimate expression of digital engineering, acting as a force multiplier, giving us tremendous flexibility and adaptability to our weapons systems,” said Col. Garry Haase, director of the munitions directorate at AFRL.

The W1 program features several capabilities, including a cloud-based tech stack, on-board flight software and DevSecOps pipeline for simulation development.