Singapore and Australia deepens partnership in defence science and technology

SINGAPORE - Singapore and Australia deepened its partnership in defence science and technology with the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week.

The renewal of the MOU for Cooperation in Defence Science and Technology was witnessed by Second Minister for Defence Lui Tuck Yew and Australian Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert on July 23.

The pact was first signed by both countries in 2005. It has, thus far, provided a framework for both countries to carry out collaborative science and technology projects, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement on July 23.

The renewed MOU "will further enhance defence technology cooperation between the Defence Science and Technology Group of Australia and the Defence Technology Community of Singapore, to include areas such as research, systems engineering and integration", the statement added.

Mr Robert was in Singapore for an official visit from July 22 to 24. During his visit, he called on Mr Lui, where they reaffirmed the close and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Australia.