SINGAPORE (July 24): The Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Rolls-Royce jointly announced that they will be collaborating on a digital technology project to boost efforts in the development and deployment of new technologies to optimise engine maintenance.

This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to partner on digital service solutions at the Farnborough Air Show in UK earlier in July 2018.

The partnership will see the duo leveraging on machine vision technology – which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse images and videos – for engine borescope applications where a tool-mounted camera is used to inspect engine parts.

With the help of AI, this process will be automated, resulting in higher efficiency and performance.

DSTA and Rolls-Royce will also jointly develop and test a solution for improving borescope inspection procedures.

Ang Jer Meng, director air systems for DSTA, says, “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.”

Louise Donaghey, senior vice president for India and South Asia for Rolls-Royce, says, “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.”