• The Thales Singapore Defence Hub (TSDH) will harness ongoing local defence services support for Thales’ systems currently in use by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
• In close proximity to the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and end-user SAF, the Defence Hub will capitalise on the Radar Centre of Excellence (CoE), digital research and investment in highly skilled defence and services experts. Its objectives are to enhance operational performance and long-term maintenance, maximise operational availability and facilitate development over the long life-cycle of equipment and systems.
• The Defence Hub demonstrates Thales’ commitment to be a local partner, accompanying DSTA in the areas of development, digital technologies and long-term maintenance, and will be located at Thales’ Singapore headquarters at Ayer Rajah Crescent.
In addition, Thales is also announcing the launch of a Defence Hub, which harnesses digital and engineering expertise to enhance operational performance and long-term maintenance, maximise operational availability and facilitate development over the long life-cycle of equipment and systems for the benefit of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
In February 2022, Thales signed a Memorandum-of-Understanding (MoU) with DSTA to work together to bring about concrete actions to increase efficiency, establish data exchanges between the two partners, and to establish cooperation in radar digital technology research at Thales.
Fast-forward a year to 2023, and the 2022 MoU has led to the signing of a Master Agreement between DSTA (dsta.gov.sg) and Thales, that will enhance long-term defence service capabilities including maintenance, support, operational availability and local development to meet end-user needs. A secure data exchange platform will also be set up to allow for a seamless exchange of data between DSTA and Thales.
Trained Thales engineering and services experts will be located in Singapore, working with DSTA and the SAF, to provide optimum service quality, such as having a faster turnaround time for maintenance and other services. By having a trained pool of experts and developers situated in-country, Thales will be hands-on to adapt to customer requirements, strengthen customer intimacy and will help to mitigate any risk of downtime during critical periods.
In support of key defence capabilities, a Radar Centre of Excellence (CoE) has also been established in Singapore, within the Thales Research & Technology department. Besides co-developing new radar digital technologies, the Radar CoE will also be a key driver in developing local radar expertise in Singapore. DSTA and Thales have been exploring radar digital collaboration to support health monitoring of equipment and co-developing a Radar Digital Twin to facilitate developments that can help to address new and future threats, and drastically reduce time to market of various solutions.
Over the past five decades, Thales has been providing the SAF with equipment such as radar systems, naval sensors and communications. Thales’ deep expertise and technological mastery in the domain of radars extend beyond defence solutions the Group’s air traffic management radars are also used by civil aviation authorities throughout the region.
“We look forward to partnering with Thales to equip our Armed Forces with the latest cutting-edge technologies, as well as building up capabilities in the face of new and emerging threats. This new agreement moves DSTA to take an agile and nimble approach to capability development. It enables us to continuously innovate and upgrade our systems to retain the capability to handle new threats in our challenging operating environment, in great contrast to the conventional way of developing mid-life upgrades every 10-15 years. This partnership will also ensure better optimisation of maintenance support and cost of the system. This collaboration, along with a record number of collaborations forged on the sidelines of the Singapore Defence Technology Summit1 2023, demonstrates DSTA’s pursuit of excellence in deepening worldwide collaborations across a broad spectrum of military, commercial partners and academia to nurture innovation.” Mr Roy Chan, Deputy Chief Executive (Operations), DSTA.
“Our commitment to provide extensive long-term maintenance, best-in-class development and local engineering expertise by investing in a Defence Hub in Singapore for defence service capability was naturally the next step given the strong relationship and years of collaboration between Thales, DSTA and SAF. This is especially significant with Thales celebrating its 50th anniversary of operations in Singapore this year and in the continuation of the Radar Centre-of-Excellence and engineering set-up. We are proud of our advanced radar systems and air defence solutions’ proven credentials in supporting governments and armed forces worldwide. Through this Defence Hub, we aim to provide the highest technical advancements and standards expected by our customers and end-users with the latest and best technology for defence capabilities on our systems.” Christophe SALOMON, Senior Vice-President, Land and Air Systems, Thales.
1. Hosted by DSTA, the Singapore Defence Technology Summit is a unique gathering of global tech leaders from government, industry, academia, and think tanks, to network, confer, and collaborate in the development of defence and security capabilities.
Visit techsummit.sg for more details.
In 2023, more than 9 partnerships with military partners, commercial companies and academia were established across a broad range of areas to boost capabilities of existing technologies, as well as opportunities to nurture and develop DSTA’s talent pool.
Thales (thalesgroup.com) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technologies to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group provides its customers businesses, organizations and governments in the defense, aeronautics, space, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfill their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions.
Thales has 77,0001 employees in 68 countries. In 2022, the Group generated sales of €17.6 billion.
About Thales in Singapore
Thales established its presence in Singapore in 1973 to support the expansion of aerospace-related activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Over the years, the company has expanded and today is involved in the main sectors of Aerospace (including Air Traffic Management); Defence & Security and Digital Identity & Security (DIS). Thales also has an established Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) footprint in Singapore, housing a Research and Technology team (one of five for the Thales Group worldwide), an Innovation Hub and the Digital Factory in Asia. For the Digital Identity & Security business, Thales operates the Group’s largest multi-module DIS Manufacturing Competence Centre in Singapore, together with an Engineering Competence Centre working on research and product development for multiple sectors, including banking, telecommunications and automotive. In Aerospace, the largest avionics manufacturing site for the Thales Group is located in Singapore.
Thales employs over 2000 people of over thirty nationalities in Singapore, across four primary sites located in Ayer Rajah Crescent, Changi North Rise and at WeWork[.]Suntec.
Jamie CHOW - Thales, Media Relations, Singapore
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Ashleigh OW - Finn Partners Singapore
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1. Excluding Transport business, which is being divested