Helicopters. NTU Singapore and Finmeccanica partner on aircraft manufacturing and technology
Singapore, Republic of Singapore - Signed a MoU at the airshow 2016
(WAPA) - Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter Division manufacturing AgustaWestland products, signed a Memorandum of Understanding today at the "Singapore Airshow 2016". The agreement confirms the intent of both parties to partner on helicopter production and technologies with the final aim to establish a collaborative technology research centre to be set up at NTU.
With this partnership, both look forward to contributing to the aerospace technological advancement by sharing talents and know how, promoting scientific research and developing engineering and industrial capabilities.
The two parties believe in being drivers in the rapidly evolving rotary wing industry, whose changes are highlighted by the progresses in composite materials, reduction in hydraulics and dynamic components, growing efficiency in industrial processes.
A full partnership agreement including the detailed scope of the joint research programmes, the schedules of such programmes and financial aspects is planned to be defined and signed within 2016.
Some of the joint projects currently being explored include research in innovative methods to advance the manufacturing of Finmeccanica’s state-of-the-art products, through the use of new composite materials which are lighter and stronger. The collaboration will also research in aerodynamics modelling, which can potentially improve overall flight performance.
Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s Chief of Staff and Vice-President for Research, said this partnership will leverage on the University’s strengths in aerospace engineering and green manufacturing. It will also build on NTU’s strong track record of industry collaboration with multinational companies including RollsRoyce, Lockheed Martin, and BMW Group.
Professor Louis Phee, Chair of NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering which will spearhead the university’s role in the collaboration, said that NTU’s students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, will also stand to benefit.
NTU’s collaboration with Finmeccanica is expected to expand Singapore’s research capabilities in the field, and ultimately boost its aerospace industry. It is also wellaligned with the Singapore government’s Research, Innovation, and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 plan.
This RIE2020 is Singapore's sixth roadmap for research and development, and has a major focus on advanced manufacturing research over the course of the next five years. (Avionews)