Singapore’s Defence Science & Technology Agency engages Rolls-Royce for high-tech engine care

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Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Rolls-Royce have launched the first collaborative digital technology project to boost efforts in the development and deployment of new technologies to optimise engine maintenance.

This follows the signing earlier this month of a memorandum of understanding to partner on digital service solutions.

The collaboration will focus on leveraging Machine Vision technology — which is the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse images and videos — for engine borescope applications where a tool-mounted camera is used to inspect engine parts. Automating this process with AI could increase efficiency and performance.

Under the agreement, both organisations will jointly develop and test a solution for improving borescope inspection procedures.

Also, the collaboration harnesses data analytics and aircraft engine digital twins to optimise the time and resources spent on engine maintenance, thereby improving the availability and performance of the Singapore Air Force aircraft.

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.

“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,” said Ang Jer Meng, director of air systems at DSTA.

Ang said DSTA will continue to team up with global partners such as Rolls-Royce, as they unlock innovative technological solutions for Singapore’s defence.

“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,” said Louise Donaghey, Rolls-Royce SVP for India and South Asia.