Let’s take a look at the technologies that are redefining the defense industry:
1. Additive Manufacturing:
Additive manufacturing involves 3D printing that enables decentralized production and also improves
the production considerably. Key elements of additive manufacturing are:
Here is how AM helped a European country’s defense capabilities. The growth of additive manufacturing
helped with cost reduction on tools and parts production, enhancements of design, lesser time to reach
the end-user as well as increased competitiveness in the technical and commercial side among others.
2. Augmented Reality:
Augmented reality helps in perceiving the information that is displayed within the soldier’s visual field
thus reducing the need for training and support.
Key benefits of AR in defense:
Assistance from remote experts
The US army’s R&D team worked on tactical augmented reality (TAR) that looks like night-vision goggles
(NVG) but offers much more than that. It can show the exact location of an enemy as well as the
position of the allied and enemy forces. It is mounted to the helmet in the same way as goggles and can
work both in the day and night. The TAR replaces the conventional handheld GPS device and goggles.
3. Big Data and Analytics:
Big data and analytics helps in the evaluation and analysis of data from several sources and effectively
enables real-time decision making and optimization.
Data can be further applied to:
Descriptive and predictive analytics
Using AI to reduce human dependency
With the use of artificial intelligence with learning capability, the Indian defense sector is rapidly being
digitally transformed. The strategic and tactical intelligence processing has now moved out from typical
command centers to an autonomous and augmented military intelligence network.
In the defense sector there are three types of simulation; live, virtual and constructive. Simulations can
range from testing to a completely computer-generated representation of how a system is likely to react
to various inputs.
The French army evolved its operational requirements using simulations:
1. For preparing the forces
2. For supporting the operations
3. For preparing for the future
5. Computerized Maintenance System:
A computerized maintenance system is a collaborative approach in the management of maintenance
repair and overhaul. This helps with longer asset life and assists in reducing operational expenses.
The US makes use of the computerized maintenance system which protects the US department of
defense and also the federal and commercial assets located there. Some of the benefits from their
maintenance software management are radar tracking gear, aerospace hardware in the Air Force base,
and the ground support equipment.
6. Repair Technology:
Repair technology is an essential requirement to ensure that the aircraft is maintained keeping in mind
the airworthiness to ensure the safety of the passengers during flight as well as the cargo.
Additive manufacturing offers a comprehensive repair technology for the military aircraft components.
The tests for these were carried by the Australian Air Force and the Defense Aviation Safety Authority.
As digital adoption is evolving from experimenting with new technologies to powering the defense
sector, company leaders are looking forward to results due to their huge investment in this. Like the
other manufacturing industries, the hold of digital technologies in the defense sector is to enhance the
operations and increase revenue. These are the two main components that are affecting the ROI.
AXISCADES is recognized as the preferred partner to the global defense industry, addressing the
strategic needs across air, ground and marine systems. Engineers designing Defense solutions face ever-
increasing challenges of implementing complex systems while ensuring stringent product quality,
security standards, and certification criteria.