NEWS: Siemens delivers Digital Thread for Defense to transform the defense industry

Digital Thread for Defense is already in use by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to support current and future programs, having awarded Siemens Government Technologies a $24.6M contract for Teamcenter® software, a foundation of the Xcelerator portfolio and Digital Thread for Defense.


  • Digital Thread for Defense supports Department of Defense’s adaptive acquisition framework for agile development
  • Enables rapid protyping and fielding through an open digital twin and digital thread to support model based requirements

Through it’s Xcelerator™ portfolio, Siemens Digital Industries Software is delivering Digital Thread for Defense to enable next generation design, manufacturing and sustainment innovation across the entire aerospace and defense industry, including the Department of Defense (DoD), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the supply base and aerospace and defense start-up companies. Digital Thread for Defense leverages the industry’s most comprehensive and open digital portfolio to speed the development and delivery of innovative capabilities across the DoD and its entire supply chain. 

Digital Thread for Defense is already in use by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to support current and future programs, having awarded Siemens Government Technologies a $24.6M contract for Teamcenter® software, a foundation of the Xcelerator portfolio and Digital Thread for Defense. The Air Force Product Lifecycle Management Capability Support Office will rely on Teamcenter for its open architecture, interoperability and use by aerospace and defense industry partners across a multitude of Air Force programs.   

“Defense agencies face increasing challenges from high investment costs to strict contract regulations, which emphasize the need for an open, integrated digital environment to connect data supporting complex DoD programs to the industry,” said Dale Tutt, Vice President of Aerospace and Defense Strategy at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “In selecting Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio, the Air Force can take advantage of these integrations for use across the span of both legacy and new platforms.” 

Digital Thread for Defense is well-aligned with the DoD’s Digital Engineering strategy:

  • Siemens’ comprehensive digital twin supports the digital thread from model-based systems engineering through sustainment. This foundational platform can provide a seamless lifecycle for programs across the DoD and its industry partners.
  • The end-to-end model definition, simulation-driven lifecycle and adaptable processes deliver a completely navigable set of program information by ensuring the mission, requirements and architectures are always visible and traceable throughout the downstream lifecycle. This helps enable the speed and flexibility required to continuously adapt to the changing priorities and conditions of the DoD.
  • Siemens’ open ecosystem and architecture is designed to allow both new and existing programs to transition to the most advanced digital transformation capabilities available. This structure helps create a common foundation across programs, DoD service branches and industry partners to help advance capabilities across programs very quickly while enabling an open architecture.

For more information on the importance of the digital thread for the defense product lifecycle, please see: https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/global/en/resource/digital-thread/83133


Siemens Digital Industries Software is driving transformation to enable a digital enterprise where engineering, manufacturing and electronics design meet tomorrow. The Xcelerator portfolio helps companies of all sizes create and leverage digital twins that provide organizations with new insights, opportunities and levels of automation to drive innovation. For more information on Siemens Digital Industries Software products and services, visit www.sw.siemens.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Siemens Digital Industries Software – Where today meets tomorrow.

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 76,000 employees internationally.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, Siemens generated revenue of €86.8 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2019, the company had around 385,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

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Original News Publication - Siemens Newsroom

Date - 8th September, 2020


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