Federal, Aerospace, and Defense Industry Solutions

PTC's products enable innovation for the next generation of products, while instilling program excellence and reducing costs across the entire FA&D value chain

DoD instruction 5000.97, digital engineering

The Department of Defense published the DoD Instruction (DoDI), Digital Engineering on December 21, 2023. With this recent release of Instruction, the DoD has taken a bold step in requiring this critical technology for new acquisition programs.

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Advancing the federal, aerospace, and defense industry

Today’s FA&D leaders must meet delivery challenges of next-gen solutions. New research suggests increasing digital thread investments to keep up with market demands.

This e-book explores why digital thread investments within the industrial user ecosystem, their customers, suppliers, and solution providers are poised for rapid growth.

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  • Digital thread value footprint for FA&D
  • Future digital thread investment priorities
  • Success strategies
  • Solution technologies

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Aerospace and defense industry sector business challenges

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Naval systems

In 2020, the U.S. Navy selected PTC as the backbone of its model-based digital transformation effort to improve speed of capability insertion and operational readiness. This is a fundamental rethinking of how the Navy acquires, fields and sustains weapons systems. Is digital transformation accelerating your long term goals? Learn More
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Space systems

By some estimates, the space industry is projected to be worth $3T by the late 2040s. We’re well on our way there. The viability of commercial partnership with NASA has now been proven and the U.S. Space Force has officially begun operations. What will tomorrow bring? Learn More
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Ground vehicles

The military ground vehicles market is projected to be $539B by 2028. But with the recent emphasis on overseas drawdowns, competition for long term contracts in the military ground vehicle market will be intensifying. Will product innovation through digital transformation be a differentiator? Learn More
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Airframes

Over the course of 2021, COVID restrictions and trade tensions will both be easing, sparking a multi-year rebound in the airframe business. Additionally, the supersonic passenger jet and eVTOL markets are both developing rapidly. In all these realms, which players will emerge as new leaders? Learn More

Strategic objectives and business goals for FA&D

PTC’s products enable the innovation of next-generation solutions and support model-based systems engineering practices with a Modular Open System Approach, ensuring the flexibility to meet current and future industry needs. See below to learn more about the outcomes we help our customers achieve.

Program excellence

Create an environment that emphasizes access to data over ownership to gain knowledge and insights. With PTC’s PLM solutions, you can Improve visibility and collaboration across teams and ask meaningful questions of prime and sub-contractors while driving efficiency. Explore PLM

Equipment readiness

Enhance uptime for naval assets, aircraft, and ground vehicles by improving field maintenance and service. With PTC’s augmented reality and spare parts management solutions, you can drive field service efficiency and reduce service costs. Service Productivity

Product development

Accelerate product development with product design optimization that improves efficiency along every step of a product’s lifecycle. See how with PTC’s solutions for generative design, simulation and analysis, and product lifecycle management. Master Design Optimization

Lower costs

Improve efficiency and lower costs across the value chain, from increasing engineering productivity and saving design time, to reducing manufacturing costs, and optimizing field service with PTC solutions. Reduce Costs

Manufacturing excellence

Boost factory capacity, meet demand, and prevent output problems. Get more from IIoT with PTC’s manufacturing solutions. Explore ThingWorx

Real-world results

David B. Slader, Director, Enterprise PDM Raytheon

US Air Force sets a new standard of operational excellence with Servigistics

Servigistics capabilities and data science supports U.S. Air Force weapons systems with:

  • Improved accuracy
  • Reduced workload
  • Comprehensive supply planning
  • Real-time supply chain metrics
  • Advanced logistics cost estimation
  • Aircraft availability by location

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News and resources



Fusion Ignition Breakthrough: Designing the Ultimate Clean Energy Source /en/blogs/corporate/fusion-ignition-breakthrough-designing-the-ultimate-clean-energy-source

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory blog by James E. Heppelmann, Chief Executive Officer, PTC

Eliminating Bottlenecks at Northrop Grumman /en/blogs/iiot/eliminating-bottlenecks-at-northrop-grumman

PTC’s digital performance management (DPM) solutions have helped Northrop Grumman and other unique businesses understand, map, and activate.

Choosing the Right PLM to Support the A&D Digital Thread /-/media/Files/PDFs/aerospace-and-defense/Tech-Clarity-Digital-Thread-in-A-D-Buyers-Guide-En.PDF

Tech-Clarity digital thread in A&D buyer’s guide.

Digital Thread for Additive and Agile Manufacturing /-/media/Files/PDFs/aerospace-and-defense/FA-D-Additive-Manufacturing-White-Paper-r1.pdf

Extending additive manufacturing with lifecycle management, data connectivity, analytics, and IoT-based production management.

Augmented Reality as a Service /-/media/Files/PDFs/Augmented-Reality/augmented-reality-as-a-service-white-paper-2023-english.pdf

Revolutionizing defense equipment user manuals with augmented reality.

Condition-Based, Predictive, and Prognostic Maintenance for Weapon Systems /-/media/Files/PDFs/aerospace-and-defense/PTC-PPMx-CBM-WP-2021.pdf

Reduce equipment downtime and improve readiness.

Aligned Strategy for Technology Innovation for Aerospace and Defense /-/media/Files/PDFs/aerospace-and-defense/PTC-CBMsolution-2-pager.pdf

A holistic approach to performance-based logistics (PBL) and condition-based maintenance (CBM) in an integrated solution.

U.S. Navy selects PTC for digital transformation /en/industries/aerospace-and-defense/plm-saas

PTC’s Windchill SaaS solution has been chosen to serve as the backbone of the U.S. Navy’s digital transformation initiatives.