CATIA chosen for Eurofighter design

Munich, 12 January 98 The Military Aircraft Division of Daimler-Benz-Aerospace (Dasa) and IBM have signed an open, flexible licence agreement for the next five years. Dasa chose the CAD/CAM/CAE software CATIA as the design system for the Eurofighter program. Approximately 120 new CATIA licences will primarily be used for the development of a digital model of the Eurofighter with all its various structures, as well as the mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems.

The CATIA-based implementation of the digital mock-up has features like integrated capabilities for simulation and analysis of kinematics, simulated installation and removal, collisions and strength. These analyses can be performed directly on the computer, thus helping to reduce the number of physical prototypes required.

In addition to supplying the software, IBM is also providing Dasa's Military Aircraft Division with methodological advice and training. The Eurofighter is a joint development by Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain. CATIA was chosen as the development and design tool for Dasa's Military Aircraft Division in 1989. During development of the EF2000 product, the use of CATIA 3D was defined with the partners up to the stage of a "digital product assembly".

Dasa is the general contractor on the German side of the four-nation Eurofighter project. Its key areas of responsibility include the flight guidance system as well as the development and production of the central fuselage parts and the final assembly of the 180 aircraft for the German airforce.

Founded in 1989 to coordinate the Daimler-Benz group's aerospace, defence and aero engines activities, Dasa today comprises six divisions, namely Civil Aircraft, Military Aircraft, Space Infrastructure, Satellites, Defence and Civil Systems, as well as Aero Engines. The Military Aircraft Division generates the lion's share of its turnover.

CATIA/CADAM Version 4 includes applications for product and process development, as well as for optimizing teamwork and process chains. CATIA and CADAM are developed by Dassault Systemes, a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation.

Sandra Wermer