Military Embedded Systems

Hypersonic weapon defense system prioritized by DoD


August 07, 2019

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Hypersonic weapon defense system prioritized by DoD
Graphic courtesy of ANSYS, Inc.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. To engineer the U.S. military?s next-generation missile defense system, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) and ANSYS are incorporating high-fidelity, multiphysics simulations with multi-domain mission-level modeling into early stages of missile defense system development. This could enable warfighters to combat high-speed, highly maneuverable hypersonic weapons.


The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has made counter-hypersonics a priority. To rapidly find, track, and eliminate these threats, systems for missile defense and their related command and control infrastructure must be upgraded and fully interconnected. High-fidelity, multiphysics engineering simulation is needed early in the design cycle to conduct critical architectural and mission analysis.

AGI has embedded ANSYS’ high-fidelity, physics-based component models within its own multi-domain mission-level modeling. Providing an integrated system across key engineering and mission analyses will eliminate problematic engineering bottlenecks.

According to company officials, physics-based solvers expedite missile defense system development by more accurately predicting communication blackouts, forecasting vehicle trajectory and altitude control, calculating thermal field effects on antenna performance, and analyzing other scenarios.



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