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DSTA has been collaborating with the RSAF to develop Smart Airbase concepts, such that the RSAF can be more effective and efficient in generating and sustaining air power. As part of this development, DSTA and the RSAF carried out a systems architecting and capability development study, comprising 12 tracks that delved into how technologies could be employed to enable new air power generation concepts in the future smart airbase.

Drawing expertise across DSTA, the study teams examined operational challenges and ideated new technology employment concepts. The envisaged Smart Airbase will feature an innovative fusion of technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet-of-Things sensors and autonomous systems. For instance, the airbase will leverage drones and sensors to assess airfield damage, and automate aircraft inspection to turn around aircraft faster. In addition, a fleet management system will be in place to provide insights into aircraft performance and recommend maintenance actions proactively.

Unmanned ground vehicles and drones will be employed for perimeter security and incident response. The team also planned for smart utilities management systems for early identification of faults in order for them to be rectified in a timely manner.

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