Feb 19, 2019 | By Thomas

Singapore's Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the thyssenkrupp Marine Systems' shipyard in Kiel on Monday. The two parties agree to collaborate on new technologies such as additive manufacturing and data analytics for naval applications. Under the agreement, DSTA and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will explore the use of additive manufacturing to produce submarine spare parts. Both parties will work together on the design, engineering, and qualification of additive manufactured components, which could be tested and trialed on Singapore submarines.

Mr Tan Peng Yam, Chief Executive of DSTA: “In this age of rapid change, collaboration is key to exploit novel technologies. We are excited to combine our expertise with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in additive manufacturing.”

Dr Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: “This initiative is a prime example of our understanding of innovation: We are engineering tomorrow together. The MOU allows us to test parts manufactured in Kiel with additive manufacturing under real conditions. This is a great asset for us.”

(TKMS photo)

Also on Monday, Singapore's first Type 218SG submarine, Invincible, was launched in Kiel. After construction and outfitting is completed, Invincible will undergo intensive testing before being handed over in 2021.

Invincible is the first in a series of four of the Type 218SG submarines designed for operations in Singapore's shallow and busy tropical waters. The contract for the first two submarines was signed in 2013 and the contract for the second batch in 2017. After handing over the Invincible in 2021, the second submarine is scheduled to be delivered in 2022. The third and fourth submarines are scheduled to follow from 2024 onwards. The names of the remaining three submarines are: Impeccable, Illustrious, and Inimitable.

The boats have the design of a low-signature submarine with air independent propulsion –enabling them to stay submerged for a longer period. The Type 218SG submarines will have 50 percent greater endurance than Singapore's previous class of submarines and greater weapons-carrying capability.



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