Digital Twins

A BAE Systems Naval Ships Case Study

DES Enables BAE Systems to reduce software development life cycle times and costs with Digital Twin Platforms

BAE Systems Naval Ships


BAE Systems Naval Ships enable navies to protect nations through the design and manufacture of naval ships and their state of the art combat systems and equipment.


BAE Systems combat systems products feature across the Royal Navy’s surface fleet aboard Type 23 frigates, Type 45 destroyers and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The new Type 26 Global Combat Ships, under construction at their site in Glasgow, will also use the next generation of their combat systems.

Type 26 Digital Twin

DES and BAE Systems Naval Ships have a long-standing partnership with DES engaged in delivering cloud computing, digital workspace solutions and custom software management systems for some of the most demanding mission critical ships including Type 45 destroyers, Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, and the new Type 26 Global Combat Ships. 

So, when BAE Systems needed to create a cost-effective and innovative platform that could quickly and easily deliver environments for testing, developing, and troubleshooting the software used onboard these ships, they once again turned to the experts at DES. 

 “ Increasingly we need to provide agile and flexible development platforms to respond to custThe ability to work in digital twins allows us to build consistent system representations allowing us to de-risk multiple solutions simultaneously with a high level of system fidelity. We can rapidly build twins of systems in multiple configurations in a way that is logistically and financially impossible with physical systems.

Jon Whitehurst
Chief Engineer, Naval Ships Combat Systems,
BAE Systems

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