Axient Threat Engineering and Digital Twin Goes International

Axient’s threat engineering team has been providing 25+ years of data, model and simulation development and building a digital twin capability for the Missile Defense Agency and the US Navy. This includes missile flight-performance (i.e., trajectory) and signature models for cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, and hypersonic vehicles, and a broad set of groundbreaking physics and phenomenology models including complex debris (operational and post-intercept) models, RF models for hypersonic and reentry waking, electronic warfare, and various countermeasure models.  Over the last several years, these individual tools have been brought together under a simulation framework, PULSE (Physics-Unlimited scaLable Simulation Environment), to provide users with a single interface into Axient’s digital twin of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) environment.

Axient’s PULSEbox tool hosts PULSE and Axient radar models, creating an end-to-end threat and weapon system analysis platform.  Ongoing and future efforts will increase PULSE and PULSEbox performance so that it will support AI/ML data needs and hard real-time environments to further support radar and EO/IR system design, testing, and training.

This year, Axient successfully performed its first threat engineering PULSEbox launch for our international partner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Japan.  We performed open-source research on cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, and hypersonic vehicles and built digital models for each of the systems.  The data is now hosted within PULSEbox running on an Amazon Web Service (AWS) enclave.  MHI staff can now easily access the specific scenario data, and create visualizations with complete control over blue-force lay-down.  This effort represents many firsts for Axient, including unclassified threat engineering for a foreign partner, hosting an externally-accessible PULSEbox instance in AWS, and developing a complete user management system.

The PULSEbox technology gives the MHI team, and all PULSEbox users, the ability to construct classified and unclassified scenarios leveraging both pre-computed and in-line threat models.  The vehicles, trajectories, and signature data can be visualized within the PULSEbox environment or exported for additional analysis.  An FY22 IRAD effort will further enhance PULSEbox capabilities by integrating additional Axient models into the scene generation framework.

Congratulations to the entire team!