SG Defence Exhibition

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Imagining Our Future white

Learn more about Singapore’s defence innovations at the SG Defence Exhibition.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Defence Technology Community (DTC) is a 5,000-strong group comprising organisations such as the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and DSO National Laboratories, among others.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Intro

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / The DTC Story

At this free exhibition you will discover the start of the DTC, as well as the major defence technologies that were developed, or adapted for the Ministry of Defence’s needs, by the engineers and scientists.

Grab an Event Passport card from the information counter when you enter – there’s freebies!

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Strengthening Capabilities Zone

This exhibition is said to be the largest and first of its kind showcasing Singapore’s defence capabilities. I have to agree. They must have spared no expense – I’ve not seen one so polished after attending so many open houses and showcases over the years.

It’s a shame that this only lasts 5 days – I hope the exhibits get a permanent home somewhere.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Strengthening Capabilities - MMRC VR demo

Virtual Reality headsets were used to bring visitors into the Multi-Mission Range Complex (MMRC).

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Ceramic Armour Translucent Display

A transparent display is used to showcase the transparent ceramics armour technology, and it’s pretty cool.
Oh wait – this isn’t a defence technology.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Soldier-centric Designs

You won’t find large displays of platforms here – it’s crazy to bring them into Marina Bay Sands, but instead there are more hands-on, interactive exhibits. Try on the backpacks!

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / ACMS iLite

It’s also interesting to see consumer technology adapted for military use.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / ACMS

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Unmanned Ground

Don’t expect to see tanks and planes here. But each service has something new on display. For land: The Unmanned Ground Vehicle – proudly supported by ST Engineering.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Unmanned Ground closeup

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

For air: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – the Skyblade family.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Littoral Mission Vessel

For sea: The Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), designed by Saab and ST Marine, with DSTA as the overall manager and systems integrator.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Littoral Mission Vessel simulation

Visitors will be able try their hand steering a LMV when the demo is available.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / LMV demo down

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Island Air Defence demo

Island Air Defence – see how different technologies come together to form a cohesive multi-layered air defence system.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Taking PRIDE in Smart Defence

The exhibition also commemorates 35 years of the PRIDE movement. That is, PRoductivity and Innovation in Daily Efforts, not the Pride that the rest of the world’s familiar with – what a hilarious acronym?!

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Taking PRIDE in Smart Defence

It even has a mascot waving the PRIDE banner… called TEAMY the BEE. Things like this itself…

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Rapidly Deployable Maritime Container

Anyway, one of the coolest things exhibited is the Rapidly Deployable Maritime Container (RDMC), which apparently can be deployed within 10 minutes with just two people.

Kinda looks like the Medicube from Descendents of the Sun kdrama, huh?

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Rapidly Deployable Maritime Container Surgery interior detail

No Song Hye-kyo inside but you’ll be glad to know that the RDMC was used last year in Operation Surya Bhaskara Jaya.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Rapidly Deployable Maritime Container Surgery 2

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / PRIDE day

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Contributing beyond Defence, IFss

The DTC has also contributed to Singapore beyond defence – remember during SARS all the temperature scanners popped up? It all started with hacking a military thermal camera and within a week the Infrared Fever Screening System (IFss) is born. Now we see it all over the world!

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Biosafe Level 3 Lab

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / CBRE demo

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Geology of Singapore

Learn all about the various types of rocks and granite that lurks beneath the ground. Maybe from the map you can figure out where the secret Underground Ammunition Facility is hidden…

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Contributions beyond defence

The DTC is also responsible for the The Float @ Marina Bay, and had a hand in Singapore’s space aspirations.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Satellites 1

X-Sat – Developed and built by the Nanyang Technological University in collaboration with DSO National Laboratories.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Satellites 2

TeLEOS-1 – Singapore’s first Commercial Earth Observation satellite – another DSO project.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Imagining Our Future with visitors

In the last section, Imagining Our Future, have a look at some nice doodles from DTC staff. You can add your own ideas and dreams for the future of Singapore’s defence. No wishing for shorter National Service!.

Defence Technology Community 50th Anniversary - SG Defence Exhibition 2016 / Imagining Our Future white room

Freebies at the event

If you complete the Event Passport Activity Card, you can redeem a free umbrella and personalised ‘access card’ that gives you “FULL ACCESS GRANTED – TOP SECRET” status. Hilarious.


SG Defence Exhibition

Celebrating Defence Technology Community’s 50th Anniversary

Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Hall A
4 – 8 November 2016
11am – 8pm

Free Admission

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One Response to SG Defence Exhibition

  1. ZW November 6, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    Thanks for posting this article 🙂

    I would like to add

    Transparant ceramic armour technology is a defence technology that can be used in the windows of military vehicles as it is transparant to allow light to pass through, while being bulletproof at the same time.

    PRIDE besides being an acronym, the literal meaning is also true, as to take pride in your work.

    The NS duration is as such to ensure the soldiers are being well trained and experienced enough for their roles and duties.

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