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 of a Memorandum of Understanding to partner on digital service solutions at the Farnborough Air Show, United Kingdom, in July 2018.
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.
Ang Jer Meng, Director Air Systems, DSTA said: “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, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President for India and South Asia said: “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.”
 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 Republic of 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.