While specific objectives of the agreements were not disclosed, a focus of Singapore’s technological development in military sustainment has been reducing personnel requirements.
DSTA, part of the Ministry of Defense, signed the agreements with Airbus and Boeing on June 27 on the sidelines of the Singapore Defence Technology Summit.
Airbus says potential areas of collaboration with DSTA include 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, maintenance information systems, paperless processes, predictive maintenance and data analytics tools.
Singapore is awaiting delivery of six Airbus A330 MRTT tankers. DSTA has worked with Airbus to modify the tanker for operation by three people, down from the four required for the original version. Delivery of the first aircraft is due within weeks. In 2016 Singapore ordered an undisclosed number of H225M Super Puma medium lift helicopters.
Meanwhile, DSTA and Boeing signed an agreement to develop an information management tool that will analyze flight and maintenance data for Boeing F-15SG Strike Eagle fighters and AH-64D Apache attack helicopters of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).
The output from the information management tool will also be used to develop algorithms for predictive analytics for smarter maintenance and operations of both Boeing manufactured aircraft, says Boeing.
The RSAF has 40 F-15SG Strike Eagles and 19 Apaches, according to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network database.