Saab: New-generation aircraft benefits from model-based system engineering

July 6th, 2011 by Mike Dempsey

Saab delivers world-leading products, services and solutions for military defence and civil security worldwide. Its Gripen fighter is the first of a new generation, multi-role fighter aircraft that is the most complex and advanced plane Saab has ever built. The fighter is equipped with the latest technology, enabling it to perform an extensive range of air-to-air, air-to-ground, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions. It can switch between fight mode, attack mode or surveillance mode and back, depending on the mission’s evolution.

To achieve cost-effectiveness, Saab has used model-based systems engineering to develop its complex vehicle systems. Where multiple disciplines must interact to function as a whole, the company relies on Dymola to model and simulate the vehicle systems. Saab chose Dymola for its multi-engineering modeling and simulation capabilities, which are based on the open Modelica modeling language.

Dymola presents a fast approach to system modeling, which makes it the ideal solution for Saab’s projects. It also is easy to connect models from Dymola with models from other solutions, either in Dymola, in the other solutions, or in a standalone simulation environment.

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