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To realise the RSAF’s vision of a Smart Airbase, DSTA collaborated with the RSAF and spearheaded several technical studies to discover ways that could improve the ability of future airbases to generate and sustain air power.

As part of the studies conducted, new operational concepts and systems architectures were developed. Working with local defence industry and international partners, the DSTA team sought innovative technological solutions for aircraft generation and airbase operability.

The team carried out operational research – the application of advanced analytical methodologies for complex decision making – to assess the robustness of new operational concepts and narrow the options of suitable solutions. RSAF personnel participated in the experiments to provide feedback to refine the various concepts.

A series of field demonstrations was also conducted by the team to test the feasibility and effectiveness of proposed technological solutions. These included a drone-based surveillance and decision support system for rapid assessment of runway condition, automated aircraft inspection and smart fleet management.

These efforts will facilitate the design of the engineering blueprint for future smart airbases, paving the way for the RSAF to move into the next phase of systems acquisition and capability development.