LONDON, 23-Jul-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Following the signing of MoU to partner on digital service solutions at the Farnborough Air Show in July 2018, Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Rolls-Royce have launched the first collaborative digital technology project to accelerate the development and deployment of new technologies to optimise engine maintenance.
The collaboration improves the availability and performance of the Republic of Singapore Air Force aircraft by using data analytics and aircraft engine digital twins to optimise the time and resources spent on engine maintenance. An aircraft engine digital twin is a real-time digital replica of the aircraft engine, which allows for modelling of different scenarios digitally for improvements in engine design.
The partnership will focus on the use of Machine Vision technology for engine borescope applications where a tool-mounted camera is used to inspect engine parts. Automating this process with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) could increase efficiency and performance. Under the agreement, DSTA and Rolls-Royce will jointly develop and test a solution for improving borescope inspection procedures.
“There is much value and potential in tapping AI to enhance the efficiency of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s overall engine maintenance processes. We will continue to team up with global partners such as Rolls-Royce, as we unlock innovative technological solutions for Singapore’s defence,” commented Ang Jer Meng, Director Air Systems, DSTA.
“This collaboration with Singapore will propel us forward in achieving our vision of becoming the world’s leading industrial technology company, by helping us overcome the challenges that come with developing and deploying new technologies,” added Louise Donaghey, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President for India and South Asia.
About the Defence Science and Technology Agency
The Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) is a statutory board under Singapore’s Ministry of Defence. It provides technological and engineering support for Singapore’s defence and security. DSTA delivers leading-edge technological solutions to the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Its role spans the entire spectrum of capability planning, development, and sustainment of weapon systems throughout their life cycle to ensure that the SAF continue to be a formidable fighting force.
For more information, please visit www.dsta.gov.sg
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