Although UK Defence has started to digitise its engineering activities, it could significantly benefit from the systematic use of the Digital Twin approach across the capability life cycle. This is particularly true when considering the need to transform Engineering Support as part of Defence Support Transformation and realise financial and performance benefits across the whole of the Support Network.
Within this joint MOD and Industry paper Team Defence defines what a Digital Twin is within the UK Defence context. It provides examples of the wider UK Industry experience with Digital Twins, their benefits and challenges including culture, skills, tools, processes/procedures, networks, data and acceptance. It suggests what steps need be taken to start realising the savings, improve capability availability and mission effect.