International collaborations form a strong foundation in the cross-pollination of knowledge and ideas for innovative research and the development.
We collaborate with renowned research institutions and defence industries in countries such as:
• South Korea
• United Kingdom
• United States of America
Centrale-Supélec ONERA NUS DSO Research Alliance (SONDRA)
SONDRA conducts research in areas important to Singapore’s national defence and national security. The multi-alliance collaboration has worked on projects from electromagnetic signal propagation modelling, compact antenna design to radar concept studies via a French PhD programme.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, the research alliance will continue to foster scientists’ exchanges between France and Singapore and bring forth more innovations for the two countries.
Advanced Radar Detection in Urban Terrain
The propagation of radar waves in the urban environment is especially complicated, due to multiple reflections of the electromagnetic waves by buildings (just like looking into multiple mirrors). This makes the interpretation of radar images for urban areas very challenging. DSO has worked closely with ONERA researchers in France to conduct Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) Radar detection system concept, where multiple scenarios were designed and data was collected with the ONERA motor glider platform.
By using advanced signal processing techniques, line-of-sight radar returns can be differentiated from non-line-of-sight radar returns. The close interaction between DSO and ONERA researchers has led to a better understanding of the electromagnetic reflection phenomena, which has applications such as radar localisation in the urban environment.
DSO, the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTO), Australia, and the United States Army Medical Research Institute on Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) have jointly developed a ricin test kit to facilitate the quick diagnosis of suspected ricin poisoning cases. The first of its kind in the world, this kit can detect traces of ricin in humans using as little as two drops of blood or faeces, with results out in 100 minutes. This is down from the usual 2.5 hours needed in a clinical laboratory.
The ricin test kit has since been licensed to Prestige BioResearch Ltd for commercialisation.
The DSO fiber laser team has achieved steady progress on the development of good beam quality all-fiber master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) fiber lasers. A critical component in such fiber lasers is the Ytterbium doped amplifier gain fiber. To continue to push this technology, the DSO team is working to customise their own unique fiber designs for fabrication in-country, using a fiber pulling facility setup at The Photonics Institute (TPI) at NTU. This is the first and only fiber fabrication facility in Singapore, and was set up in partnership with the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton (UK) (a leading research center in fiber technologies in the world) and A*STAR.