European aerospace leader EADS is ramping up its Research and Technology (R&T) activities with Singaporean partners by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the country’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) agency in its National Aerospace Programme.

This MoU envisages a tier 1 membership for EADS in the programme, along with other international aerospace companies.

The Aerospace Programme is aiming at the R&T in pre-competitive technologies with an option for members to set up specific projects with A*STAR at preferential rates. It targets five main directions of research, namely communication and electronics, inspection, modeling and security, materials and coatings, and manufacturing and automation.

The programme has been launched in order to engage the international aerospace industry with the R&T community in Singapore and to drive innovation in the local aerospace industry and in related sectors.

As a tier 1 member, EADS will contribute S$200,000 annually to the research programme and membership entitles the company to royalty-free access to all results of the research activities carried out in the framework of the programme. It also gives voting rights to EADS in the decision making process aimed at defining the R&T projects that will be launched.