DSTA forges partnerships to boost data analytics, digital technologies and defence research

At the inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) signed two new agreements to conduct joint research in data analytics as well as to collaborate on digital technologies.

As the statutory board set up under the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), DSTA implements defence technology plans, acquires defence material and develops defence infrastructure for MINDEF. DSTA provides leading-edge technological solutions to the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) by tapping the best technologies and fostering an environment of creativity and innovation for defence applications. It also builds up a strong community of engineers and scientists from the universities, research institutes, government and industry to serve the defence needs of the nation.

Data analytics

To kickstart joint research on data analytics, DSTA and Boeing signed the first project agreement to commence joint research and co-development in data analytics.

The information management tool will analyse flight and maintenance data for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)’s F-15 and AH-64 aircraft. The findings will also be used to develop algorithms for predictive analytics for smarter maintenance and operations.

“Under this agreement, we will jointly develop an information management tool leveraging data analytics to identify trends and insights on aircraft performance. This signifies our emphasis on tapping digital technologies and working closely with the industry to co-develop new capabilities,” said DSTA Chief Executive Mr Tan Peng Yam.

Digital technologies

DSTA and Airbus Defence and Space signed an agreement to pursue joint cooperation in exploiting advances in digital technologies.

The Collaboration Agreement shows a shared commitment to promote co-development of digital technologies, which will benefit the support for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)’s aircraft, including the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport and H225M tactical transport helicopters.

The framework would allow DSTA and Airbus to pool their engineering expertise through collaborations on areas such as data analytics, augmented and virtual reality and 3D printing.

According to the DSTA Chief Executive Mr Tan Peng Yam, this collaboration agreement reflects the mutual interest in DSTA and Airbus to partner each other on digital technology development, by pulling together the two parties’ collective expertise and know-how.

Defence research

On the same day, Singapore also renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence (MOD) and affirmed long-standing defence technology relations.

Chief Defence Scientist Mr Quek Gim Pew and the Chief Scientific Adviser to the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence (MOD) Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperative Defence Research (CDR) for the next 10 years.

The MOU signing was witnessed by Permanent Secretary for Defence Development Mr Neo Kian Hong and British High Commissioner to Singapore H.E. Scott Wightman. First signed in 1998, the MOU renewal demonstrates a shared commitment to further the long-standing bilateral defence technology cooperation. Under the renewed MOU, Singapore will continue to collaborate with the UK MOD in joint research and technology development, and testing of defence-related technologies. Both sides will look to collaborate deeper in the areas of Logistics Management, Maritime Autonomy and Counter-Terrorism.   According to the press statement, Singapore and the UK share warm and long-standing defence relations, underscored by cooperation under the ambit of the Five Power Defence Arrangements, military exercises and exchanges, professional interactions, dialogues and the cross-attendance of courses.

The renewal of the MOU on CDR reinforces the positive trajectory of bilateral defence relations from the signing of the Singapore-UK Defence Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (DCMOU) earlier this month. Signed by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen and UK Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue, the DCMOU captures existing bilateral defence relations and cooperation, as well as provides a foundation for future defence cooperation in more specific areas.

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