The Digital Twins; Paradigm & Impact in Navy

By Matanat Rashid

Mon, 8 Oct 2018

The Navy recruits are strongly advised to be prepared for different sorts of eventualities as there is no possible, clear indication of the missions they could face. Efficient fleet management is only possible if the staff is capable of predicting the nature of their mission, failure of an asset, and maintenance of ships in advance. Operational changes in the navy happen so quickly that the possibilities of developing a distinct understanding of what’s next is infeasible for the crew.

For instance, a naval vessel should constantly be available for missions at all times. It should regularly be diagnosed for potential failures and be paired with a quick maintenance procedure. However, the operational uptime of a naval vessel currently stands at 97%, and therefore any marginal error or any unplanned downtime would be chaotic. Authorities are looking for a new set of innovations, driven by the merging of physical and digital technologies to address these issues. One of these solutions is the rise of digital twins.

The digital twin paradigm is a long-term vision aimed at addressing these and other shortcomings of current practices for certification, fleet management and sustainment. The real power of a digital twin is the capability of providing a near-real-time comprehensive linkage between the physical and digital worlds. Industries like aerospace, manufacturers, and agriculture, are already exploiting digital twins for various improvements. Here is how the navy can benefit from this technology:


The Impact of Digital Twins in Navy:


Facilitating Better Decision Making:

The digital twin enables the naval ship operators to comprehend how the ship’s equipment should perform. It allows them to make sophisticated and appropriate operational decisions. Currently, the operators do not have a sound procedure to break down and analyse that data to perform operating decisions. The incorporation of digital twins would let them view previous and live data altogether in one place, allowing them to make quick and composed decisions.

Enhanced Operational Efficiency:

The digital twin can also work as a data analytics tool. It can be used in enhancing operational efficiency for an entire naval fleet. A digital twin model would allow the vessel operators to diagnose problems even when the vessels aren’t within physical reach. Applied correctly, the data twin can also help in minimising the vessels’ downtime. It also decreases third-party service costs and enables faster root-cause analytics.

Minimised Maintenance:

Naval ships only go through maintenance in dire circumstances as navies need maximum availability at all times. Implementation of the digital twin would induce premature component failure which will eliminate the needless maintenance of the ships. Carrying out maintenance only when it is absolutely necessary would not only ensure constant availability, but it will also lower the expenses as well.


The digital twin enables a substantial change across every aspect within the navy. The incorporation of the digital twin is inevitable, and hence it is imperative for the hierarchy to embrace it as a much-needed execution for a better outcome.

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Matanat Rashid

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