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New defence research partnership should yield valuable developments

Minister for Defence David Johnston recently witnessed the air-to-air refuelling of F/A-18 aircraft."

Defence research often yields some of the most capable aircraft, vessels and vehicles on the planet, regardless of location. This is the research that led to the creation of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the North American X-15 and of course the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Recently, on July 23, Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert announced that Australia had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Singapore for 10 years. This is set to be focused on defence science and technology, involving collaborative research, joint trials, systems engineering work and equipment exchanges. Personnel will also have the opportunity to work across the two defence departments.

"The Australian Government supports a more prominent role for defence science and technology cooperation as part of a deeper strategic relationship with Singapore," Mr Robert explained. "Australia and Singapore have been collaborating on science and technology matters since 1993 and I welcome this new agreement, which broadens the scope of joint defence science activities for our two countries."

He went on to explain the agreement is a milestone, especially when it comes to sharing knowledge. Both Australia and Singapore are at the forefront of many defence technology fields, and he noted that this technology sharing will be advantageous for both countries.

"The Australian Government greatly values the defence science and technology relationship with Singapore, a technology-savvy country with a fine track record in scientific achievements."

It will likely be some time before any noteworthy advances are made, but this new understanding is another excellent leap forward for Australia and Singapore.

"I look forward to the development of new capabilities for our mutual benefit as a result of today's agreement," he concluded.

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