Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the potentiality of additive manufacturing technology for naval applications.

The MoU was signed between DSTA and French defence contractor Naval Group and its Singapore subsidiary Naval Group Far East.

As agreed, the organisations will work together to identify potential use cases of harnessing additive manufacturing.

The scope of collaboration will include the sharing of production methodology, certification, and qualification of additive manufactured components for naval platforms.

DSTA naval systems director Ong Li Koon said: “DSTA recognises the importance of collaboration in tapping emerging technologies amidst a rapidly evolving landscape.

“We look forward to exchanging our knowledge and experience with Naval Group, and are confident this partnership will help enhance our additive manufacturing competencies and drive its adoption for defence applications.”

DSTA is a statutory board under the Singapore Government’s Ministry of Defence. It is responsible for defence acquisitions, implementation of new technologies, and the development of defence infrastructure.

Commenting on the collaboration, Naval Group executive vice-president, chief technical and innovation officer Eric Papin said: “The agreement will pave the way for the exchange of best practices in the area of additive manufacturing for defence.

“Naval Group is committed to innovation and excellence in the fields of naval defence and energy, with a strong focus on collaborative research that translates into trusted partnerships, such as the one we share with DSTA.”

Last month, the French defence contractor launched the third offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for Argentinian Navy called ARA Storni. Naval Group will deliver a total of four OPVs as part of a contract signed in 2018.