Digital Engineering

From aircraft avionics, to submarine alterations, to training simulators – AMERICAN SYSTEMS continues to use end-to-end Digital Engineering (DE) processes and tools to develop leading-edge solutions to complex problems.

From aircraft avionics, to submarine alterations, to training simulators – AMERICAN SYSTEMS continues to use end-to-end Digital Engineering (DE) processes and tools to develop leading-edge solutions to complex problems.

AMERICAN SYSTEMS has over 40 years of experience designing, developing, and implementing solutions to complex problems for national priority programs. In those 40 years, we have developed and applied digital engineering processes and tools where it makes sense to reduce cycle time and cost while improving efficiencies and methods resulting in better outcomes and capabilities. 

Be it using our repository of platform and sensor digital twins, or modeling effects in complex simulations, or digitizing process workflows, we use our DE experience anywhere in the engineering “V” and over the lifecycle where it fits the goal of delivering enhanced mission capability.

It’s just what we do.

Read on to see how and where in the engineering “V” we use DE in real world tasking and in our IRAD initiatives to better meet the needs of our customers.

Real World Tasking

Advanced Air Vehicle Technology Program

AMERICAN SYSTEMS supports NAVAIR’s Advanced Air Vehicle Technology (AAVT) program by designing, developing, and testing digital twins of aircraft and aircraft systems such as flight dynamics models, complex avionics systems including flight computers, aircraft sensors and weapon systems, and other high-fidelity digital models. This work is performed using digital engineering tools and techniques to create physics-based models and ‘flying’ them in a simulated environment resulting in substantial cost savings to the Navy by reducing actual flight hours.

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P-8A Training Systems

AMERICAN SYSTEMS employed a comprehensive Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE) approach to design, engineer and integrate a variety of sensor models for use in high-fidelity training simulators for the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. This work not only included sensor model development but also provided the infrastructure, capabilities, and process flow to support Systems Engineering activities in an integrated digital construct.

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AMERICAN SYSTEMS supports the Navy’s submarine community in designing, modeling, and testing a wide variety of systems in advance of their production, deployment, and installation on-board Navy submarines. This work includes everything from building physics-based models of system components used for finite element analysis to determine how assemblies will respond to various forces at sea, to modeling circuits and circuit cards to understand performance and error tolerance.

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IRAD Initiatives

AMERICAN SYSTEMS has developed a Digital Engineering lab to bring together high-fidelity models into a single integrated environment to enable rapid prototype development. Utilizing Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) processes and tools, we use the DE lab to digitally integrate design and test activities with system requirements – speeding the process from design to qualification. The DE Lab provides extensive automated test and verification capabilities and includes real-time Software-In-the Loop (SWIL) as well as Hardware-In-the Loop (HWIL) capabilities. Additionally, the DE Lab is designed to support a program’s entire life cycle to include production and sustainment activities.

Autopilot System

AMERICAN SYSTEMS used digital engineering tools and techniques in the Digital Engineering Systems Integration Lab (SIL) to develop an advanced dual-redundant autopilot system for retrofit into existing military and commercial aircraft increasing safety and extending the useful life of these platforms. This effort included creating physics-based digital models of the various autopilot components and integrating them with a simulated aircraft model. The digital system was then tested in this software-only environment. Hardware components of the dual-redundant autopilot system were integrated within the digital environment creating a physically realistic Systems Integration Lab. This allowed extensive ‘real-world’ representative testing that mitigated risk and reduced cost for aircraft integration and flight testing.  

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