The contract is part of the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) digital transformation programme and is led by Defence Digital which forms a part of Strategic Command.

Led by Chief Information Officer Charlie Forte, Defence Digital is responsible for ensuring the military and the business front line has access to the most effective digital and information technology.

Defence Digital brought together and replaced several organisations, including Information Systems and Services (ISS) in 2019.

This latest programme follows on from the successful completion of two previous phases of the contract and will enable users to enhance service operations, perform network upgrades and management, complex procurement and enhance network resilience.

The digital twin will use a single synthetic environment (SSE) platform which was developed by Improbable in partnership with Strategic Command.

CEO of Improbable Defence and National Security Joe Robinson said: Following a series of successful pilots, we are delighted to continue our relationship with Defence Digital in support of their delivery of the Digital Backbone. This capability, built on the SSE, will seek to enhance resilience, speed up decision making and drive efficiencies in support of a number of diverse digital use cases across the MOD.”

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Forte added: “I am delighted that we are able to employ game-changing and cutting-edge technologies, such as the Digital Twin to support the delivery of the Digital Backbone. This contract builds on and leverages the successful innovation efforts of Defence Digital, Strategic Command and industry partners.”

The Digital Strategy outlines the MOD’s vision for where digital in defence needs to be by 2030.