Event: SGDefence Exhibition showcases MINDEF defence technology

The Defence Technology Community (DTC) in Singapore turns 50 this year and to celebrate that, DTC will be showcasing its indigenous innovations and solutions in an interactive exhibition – the SGDefence Exhibition.

Subiksha Krishnan checks out the exhibition and reports below.

The SGDefence Exhibition will be held from 4 to 8 November 2016 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre Hall A. The opening hours are 12.30pm to 8pm on 4 November and 11am to 8pm from 5 to 8 November. It is open to the public and is free.

The SGDefence Exhibition will be held from 4 to 8 November 2016 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre Hall A. The opening hours are 12.30pm to 8pm on 4 November and 11am to 8pm from 5 to 8 November. It is open to the public and is free.

The SGDefence exhibition features over 60 exhibits across five clusters.

Visitors can see, interact and experience the many technologies developed by the DTC and the ground-up innovation MINDEF PRoductivity and Innovation in Daily Efforts (PRIDE).

Before entering the exhibition, visitors can complete the Event Passport located at the redemption booth to redeem your exclusive Access Card which can be kept as a memento.

The five clusters

The first cluster, Remembering Our Heritage, shows the nation’s first steps in defence R&D and the importance of building up Singapore’s defence capabilities in the early years of independence.

In Cluster 1, visitors can witness the evolution of DTC over the past five decades and learn about the nation’s humble beginnings and the challenging journey towards achieving what it has today.

In Cluster 1, visitors can witness the evolution of DTC over the past five decades and learn about the nation’s humble beginnings and the challenging journey towards achieving what it has today.

The cluster includes a video that tells the story of Singapore’s humble beginnings in defence science and technology and a commemorative wall and video that highlights the DTC’s key milestones and innovations from 1966 to today and the various organisations and their responsibilities under the DTC’s charge.

These organisations include the Future Systems and Technology Directorate (FSTD), Defence Industry & Systems Office (DISO), DSO National Laboratories, Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), and the Strategic Planning Office (SPO).

Cluster 2, Strengthening Our Capabilities, allows visitors to learn how our defence capabilities are constantly updated and streamlined with the latest technology to turn the SAF into the networked and formidable force it is today.

Cluster 2, Strengthening Our Capabilities, allows visitors to learn how our defence capabilities are constantly updated and streamlined with the latest technology to turn the SAF into the networked and formidable force it is today.

Cluster 2, Strengthening Our Capabilities, allows visitors to learn how our defence capabilities are constantly updated and streamlined with the latest technology to turn the SAF into the networked and formidable force it is today.

The cluster includes a multi-mission range complex where fellow soldiers undergo marksmanship training through realistic video targetry systems, and a transparent ceramic armour comprising a 3D audio visual showcase which will explain how this new tougher-than-glass transparent ceramic armour is able to stop bullets and provide greater protection to soldiers.

Cluster 3 includes the Humanoid Wrist Control System where visitors can try the mechanised arm to learn how it handles items of different sizes, shapes and materials, including sensitive biological objects. It can be controlled wirelessly and autonomously, and is able to perform in hazardous environments, thus improving SAF personnel’s safety.

Cluster 3 includes the Humanoid Wrist Control System where visitors can try the mechanised arm to learn how it handles items of different sizes, shapes and materials, including sensitive biological objects. It can be controlled wirelessly and autonomously, and is able to perform in hazardous environments, thus improving SAF personnel’s safety.

The Littorial mission vessel allows visitors can try out the simulator and experience manoeuvring the Littoral Mission Vessel, the Republic of Singapore Navy’s newest ship and also encounter hostile targets that may come on board the vessel, while the unmanned vehicles let visitors get up close to exhibits such as the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Unmanned Ground Vehicle used for reconnaissance efforts.

Cluster 3, Taking Pride In Smart Defence, celebrates MINDEF’s PRIDE over the past 35 years and explores the latest ground-up innovations that have improved both MINDEF and SAF’s efficiency and effectiveness.

The cluster showcases the Rapidly Deployable Maritime Container (RDMC) which is a modular, compact, fully-mechanised medical container that is able to support the RSN’s surgical teams for long periods at sea.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Basic Demolition Training Simulator is equipped with acoustic and visual effects synced to sensors, allowing visitors to experience a positive detonation.

This is also a safe and effective method of enhancing training realism in the SAF, and the Augmented Reality Trainer which uses AR-enabled digital binoculars and physics-based weapon trajectory simulation and the AR trainer allows soldiers to see and react to virtual targets with simulated weapons in a realistic Live-Constructive-Virtual environment.

Cluster 4 features the Bio Safety Laboratory 3 where visitors can experience “full access” into this laboratory where hazardous bio samples are tested and diagnosed, and radiological modelling where visitors can join in the training through an electronic game that uses a locally-developed simulation tool to detect a radiological source.

Cluster 4 features the Bio Safety Laboratory 3 where visitors can experience “full access” into this laboratory where hazardous bio samples are tested and diagnosed, and radiological modelling where visitors can join in the training through an electronic game that uses a locally-developed simulation tool to detect a radiological source.

Cluster 4, Contributing Beyond Defence, shows how the DTC has supported the fight against health crises and other national efforts.

Cluster 5, Imagining Our Future (see cover image above), allows visitors to partake in the showcase of our defence engineers’ hopes and dreams for the future of our nation’s defence.

Cluster 4 also includes the National Maritime Security System where visitors get to try out the system that is used for a whole-of-government approach towards maintaining maritime security, and the X-SAT and TeLEOS-1 where visitors can view models of these two locally-made earth observation satellites, and learn more about Singapore’s push towards the space frontier.

Cluster 4 also includes the National Maritime Security System where visitors get to try out the system that is used for a whole-of-government approach towards maintaining maritime security, and the X-SAT and TeLEOS-1 where visitors can view models of these two locally-made earth observation satellites, and learn more about Singapore’s push towards the space frontier.

Visitors are encouraged to share their dreams and wishes for the future of Singapore’s defence by writing, sketching or drawing on electronic boards present at the exhibition.

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