MBDA Missile Systems

MBDA changes the game for product development by providing its transnational staff of missile systems engineers with advanced process modeling capabilities, allowing them to detect, share and resolve problems well before production.

Published on 23-Mar-2012

Validated on 16 Dec 2013

Customer:
MBDA Missile Systems

Industry:
Aerospace & Defense

Deployment country:
United Kingdom

Solution:
Collaborative Innovation, Industry Framework , Smarter Planet

Smarter Planet:
Smart Products, Smarter Manufacturing

IBM Business Partner:
The Mathworks, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC)

Overview

MBDA Missile Systems Company is a world leader in missiles and missile systems, employing over 10,000 employees in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and the United States.

Business need:
This multinational defense contractor faced a range of collaborative and business challenges. Its design teams are widely dispersed, with the challenge to share and unify the specific knowledge of local individual engineers and designers. Communication and traceability across the company’s engineering organizations were complex in a highly secure business environment that compels compliance with stringent documentation and development traceability requirements. MBDA needed to improve and standardize its approach for defining, communicating and analyzing the design for each missile system.

Solution:
The missile developer deployed IBM Rational DOORS and IBM Rational Rhapsody to provide a model-based systems engineering platform as a means for widely distributed design and engineering teams to analyze and communicate the software, mechanical and electrical requirements of its various missile systems. Using simulation and executable modeling, these engineers and designers have improved their ability to define, test and verify all the complex requirements of each missile system, allowing them to correct errors earlier in the development phase and accelerate the entire development life cycle.

Benefits:
· Reduces typical system design time, speeding time to market, increasing customer satisfaction and providing a critical differentiator in a highly competitive market · Speeds identification of design incompatibilities, helping to avoid critical programming delays · Eases identification and communication of defects in the system, component requirements and designs

Case Study

MBDA Missile Systems Company is a world leader in missiles and missile systems, employing over 10,000 employees in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and the United States.

The Opportunity
As if the complexities of developing missiles and missile systems weren’t enough, this multinational defense contractor also faced a range of collaborative and business challenges. Its design teams are widely dispersed, with the challenge to share and unify the specific knowledge of local individual engineers and designers. Communication and traceability across the company’s engineering organizations were complex in a highly secure business environment that compels compliance with stringent documentation and development traceability requirements. MBDA needed to improve and standardize its approach for defining, communicating and analyzing the design for each missile system.

What Makes It Smarter
The missile developer deployed IBM Rational DOORS and IBM Rational Rhapsody to provide a model-based systems engineering platform as a means for widely distributed design and engineering teams to analyze and communicate the software, mechanical and electrical requirements of its various missile systems. Using simulation and executable modeling, these engineers and designers have improved their ability to define, test and verify all the complex requirements of each missile system, allowing them to correct errors much earlier in the development phase and accelerate the entire development life cycle. Every phase of development is now documented and accessible to every design team, improving time to market, eliminating redundancies and reducing development costs.

Real Business Results
· Reduces typical system design time, speeding time to market, increasing customer satisfaction and providing a critical differentiator in a highly competitive market
· Speeds identification of design incompatibilities, helping to avoid critical programming delays
· Eases identification and communication of defects in the system, component requirements and designs

For more information
Please contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner. Visit us at: ibm.com/aerospace

To learn more about MBDA Missile Systems visit: www.mbda-systems.com

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
Rational Rhapsody, Rational DOORS

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