Partnering the SAF and local defence industry under a 30-year Framework Agreement (FA), DSTA introduced Ammunition Stockpile Management (ASM) and through it, the adoption of smart technologies for ammunition production. This will help to ensure the sustainability of the SAF’s ammunition stockpile management and reap significant potential cost savings over the next 30 years.
Ammunition for the SAF is traditionally stockpiled in a fully assembled form. However, this incurs significant manpower, land use and cost. Hence, the 30-year FA was established, allowing the SAF to stockpile ammunition in their component and raw material forms, and tap local industry to assemble them quickly when required.
The ASM reduces both ammunition acquisition and disposal costs, as the service life of the ammunition can be extended by replacing the components. Furthermore, buying the ammunition in component and raw material forms allows responsive improvements to be made to the ammunition design, through the switching of components to produce different ammunition variants.
The initial phase of the FA covers the supply of hand fragmentation grenades and 40mm low velocity high explosives ammunition. More items will be added to the FA in phases. With DSTA’s collaborative efforts to transform ammunition management, the SAF will obtain significant cost savings while maintaining the same level of operational readiness.
Leveraging the long-term FA partnership, DSTA is also working with the local defence industry on smart technologies. This would derive mutual long-term benefits for the SAF and the industry, in the form of enhanced ammunition quality, greater production efficiency and reduced manual efforts. In particular, new technologies such as advanced collaborative robotics, autonomous material transport vehicles and networked sensors are being tested progressively.