Virtual Reality to Upgrade Defense Manufacturing Processes

Virtual Reality to Upgrade Defense Manufacturing Processes

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Virtual reality technology upgrades defense industries processes even before the product reaches the production phase. BAE Systems Australia recently demonstrated its 3D simulation technology that uses a combination of computer-assisted design and gaming software to provide immersive simulated projections of prototype systems and potential upgrades. The system is being used with the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The company will demonstrate a new digital periscope on the Collins Class submarines as well as the AMV35 combat vehicles that are being offered by the company for the Australian Government’s LAND 400 program.

According to the company’s website, the 3D immersive technology combines the ‘DNA’ from CAD and gaming software. The virtual reality tech delivers substantial benefits for realising a design in collaboration with multiple partners, provides risk mitigation for product maturity and significantly de-risks construction/manufacture.

The immersion ‘feels real’ and can help designers, engineers, the customer and end user determine the accessibility of equipment for users and maintenance, preventing issues that could hamper production work or create safety hazards during the build or maintenance.

Once solutions are identified they can be trialled and demonstrated to stakeholders and the customer to ensure issues are resolved before the design is finalised.

This approach has enabled substantial de-risking of the UK Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship construction which began in July. The technology has been used to identify and mitigate potential safety and construction hazards during the digital phase, avoiding costly delays and ensuring a safer workplace.

Similar 3D technology is also being used by the company’s maritime sustainment team at Williamstown in Victoria to support the upgrades to the ANZAC Class ships. The technology being used relies on VR immersive technology to walk around and ‘touch’ and ‘feel’ the new five deck mast structure.

BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Glynn Phillips said: “This technology provides for a ‘single point of truth’ for designers and engineers – as well as our customer – regardless of where they are located.” “It is a real game changer to move from traditional paper plans and documents required for major manufacturing projects to a fully digital design and manufacturing environment.”

“The technology can also be used to identify and solve installation, maintenance, safety and production issues before construction even starts and is a low cost, desk top training tool.”