Singapore’s Defence Science and
Technology Agency (DSTA) and Airbus have agreed details of the first
initiative under their recently announced digital technology
collaboration – the development of 3D-printing of spare parts to
be initially trialed on Singapore’s new fleet of A330 Multi Role
Tanker Transport (A330-MRTT) aircraft.
Under the terms of
an implementation agreement signed at the Farnborough Airshow in
England this week,
Airbus Defence and Space will support DSTA in designing and
certifying parts produced by additive manufacturing for the
Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) aircraft.
“It is absolutely clear that digitalisation
represents the future of military aircraft services and we are now
at a point where we can begin to explore the most promising
techniques on operational fleets. We greatly appreciate the
innovative approach of DSTA in going on this journey with us,”
said Head of
Military Aircraft Services at Airbus Defence and Space, Stephan
Miegel. “Following this first agreement on 3D-printing, we have
further agreed to collaborate on data analytics for predictive
maintenance. The collaboration will add on to the development of
Airbus’s new SmartForce suite of maintenance data analytics
launched at Farnborough.”
SmartForce is a suite of services to
enable operators to exploit aircraft data to improve
troubleshooting, optimize maintenance effort, predict maintenance
actions and plan smartly for material demand.
The RSAF has
acquired the A330 MRTT and the first aircraft will be delivered to
Singapore in the coming months.
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