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Singapore creates submarine digital twin for integrated training

14th December 2022 - 13:30 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Kiel

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The virtual procedure trainer here shows the Type 218SG’s bunk area. (Photo: Chen Chuanren)

Singapore is combining advanced virtual trainers with its new submarine fleet to get the most from the platform.

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) claimed that it has created the world’s first integrated submarine training suite. It consists of a virtual digital twin of the entire Invincible-class Type 218SG submarine, command and dive simulators and a maintenance trainer.

At the core is the virtual procedure trainer (VPT), which replicates over 12 million parts of the Type 218SG in a fully actuatable virtual model.

Developed by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and the Defence Science and Technology Agency, the VPT is linked to the three hands-on trainers to execute full training across submarine functions. Furthermore, actions in all modules create cause and effect on the others.

Col Fong Chi Onn, Commander of the 7th Flotilla, said that while virtual reality submarine simulators are not new, integrating them into a single system is ‘revolutionary’.

Fong added that this training would help shorten qualification time by as much as 25%, increase trainee throughput and free up submarine assets for high-level tasking missions and operations.

In addition, high-fidelity training will continue to ensure submariners return to their boats ‘at their sharpest’ should the submarine be removed for maintenance.

Parts of the trainer have been delivered to Changi Naval Base in Singapore.

The second batch of Type 218SG crew is currently in Germany validating the full system, which is expected to be fully commissioned by 2024.

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Chen Chuanren is Shephard’s Singapore correspondent, covering primarily land and sea systems. He served in …

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