According to foreign media reports,Drawing on the experience of the Cold War, the Air Force announced that it would introduce a new category of eSeries the Air Force and space hardware.The new category will be prefixed with an "e", which will be available for aircraft, weapons and satellites, US Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett said at the 2020 virtual Air Force Association aviation, space and networking conference.
It is reported that the U.S. air force is trying to replicate the development process of Boeing's et-7a red hawk advanced trainer. Different from the traditional method of relying on prototype aircraft and solid models for development, Eseries will use digital twin technology, that is, through computer model-based engineering and 3D design tools, conduct comprehensive virtual design and testing before the physical version is assembled.
The U.S. Air Force says it can reduce assembly time by 80 percent and software development time by 50 percent. This means that, as shown by the et-7a red hawk, it takes only 36 months for an aircraft to go from its first design to its first test flight. In addition, thousands or even millions of iterations of an aircraft, a satellite or a weapon can be digitized and tested to select the best one for actual production.
"To encourage companies to embrace the possibilities of digital engineering, the air force today announced a new weapon system indicator, the 'e' series," Barrett said. Aircraft, satellites, weapon systems and other digital projects will have an "e" prefix. "