The Army is developing a successor to its Bradley infantry fighting vehicle called the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV). The winning design will prioritize survivability, mobility, growth and lethality. That shouldn’t come as any surprise. But the way the Army is getting to that winning design is a bit different from what came before. It is using digital modeling and simulation tools to elicit an array of new ideas and assess how they might work in an operational setting. Eventually the program will get to prototyping and production, but first the chief of the fighting vehicle “cross functional team” wants to save money by getting as much mileage out of digital engineering as is feasible. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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