Leonardo is tapping Singapore's Nanyang Technological University to conduct research into innovation composite helicopters and related aerodynamics work.
The company and school signed an agreement today in Rome, Italy, to kick off the research collaboration aimed at enhancing Leonardo's "lead in advanced helicopter technologies and research capabilities," the company said.
This is the first defined work package covered under a five-year research agreement that the parties signed last February in Singapore. Singaporean sources valued the work package at $4.2 million Singaporean dollars (about $3 million). The collaborative research will give the university's faculty and graduate and undergraduate students "unique access to helicopter industry expertise and knowhow," according to Leonardo.
Future joint projects may include research in innovative methods to advance the manufacturing of Leonardo's products through expanded use of lighter, stronger composite materials and enhanced aerodynamics modeling, which can potentially improve overall flight performance, it said.
The pact between the manufacturer and school aligns with Singapore's $19 billion Research Innovation Enterprise 2020 Plan to support research that addresses national challenges, builds innovation and technological capabilities for its companies and drives economic growth through value creation.