Farnborough 2018: Singapore expands digital technology partnerships

18 July 2018
Airbus and Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency will look to ‘3D-print’ spare parts for Singapore’s new Airbus A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft. Source: Airbus

Rolls-Royce and Airbus have announced collaborative projects with Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), with both programmes looking to optimise digital technologies in enhancing the maintenance of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) aircraft.

On 18 July at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom, Rolls-Royce said its new accord with the DSTA will boost the support of engines on board RSAF aircraft while Airbus said its implementation agreement with DSTA will support the RSAF’s new fleet of Airbus A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.

Rolls-Royce said its memorandum of understanding with the DSTA will focus on using data analytics and digital twin systems, which integrate artificial intelligence, machine learning, and software analytics, in improving the availability and performance of aero-engines fitted onto RSAF aircraft.

“Rolls-Royce supports an extensive and diverse fleet of aircraft, which provides a data source to dive deeper and generate insights on aircraft engine performance for defence,” said DSTA Chief Executive Tan Peng Yam. “Partnering Rolls-Royce to co-develop data-driven digital solutions will boost DSTA’s efforts in enhancing the efficiency of aircraft maintenance and operations.

Airbus said under the terms of its implementation agreement with the DSTA, which follows the signing of a preliminary digital-technology accord in late June, the two sides will develop capability in the 3D printing of spare parts for the A330 MRTT aircraft. In addition, the two sides will also expand co-operation on data analytics.

Head of military aircraft services at Airbus Defence and Space, Stephan Miegel, said, “Following this first agreement on 3D printing, we have further agreed to collaborate on data analytics for predictive maintenance.”

Singapore ordered six A330 MRTT aircraft in 2014. In its statement, Airbus said the first of these aircraft will be delivered to Singapore in the coming months.

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