Can digital twins add value to undersea drone missions?

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to know whether digital twin technology can be effective for unmanned undersea vehicles.  DARPA issued an Aug. 26 presolicitation for the Defining and Leveraging Digital Twins in Autonomous (DELTA) undersea operations program to help it learn how digital twins can add value to UUVs.

Digital twins, which are virtual  representations of a physical model or system, are increasingly used in government. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, for example, has experimented with digital twin ships to help maintenance engineers more quickly identify damage, corrosion and alignment issues and be more proactive on the maintenance.  The technology is also used to mirror weapons systems and support the maintenance and…

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