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NTU in tie-up to develop helicopter manufacturing and technology

Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are embarking on a research collaboration to further develop helicopter manufacturing and technology.

The agreement follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed in February in Singapore and establishes a partnership to contribute to the aerospace technological advancement by sharing knowledge, enabling scientific research and developing engineering and industrial capabilities.

This collaboration will boost Leonardo-Finmeccanica's edge in advanced helicopter technologies and research capabilities while providing NTU faculties and students access to helicopter industry expertise.

Joint projects will include research in innovative methods to advance the manufacturing of Leonardo-Finmeccanica's products through the use of lightweight composite materials. In addition, the collaboration will expand aerodynamics research modelling, which can potentially improve overall flight performance.

Mauro Moretti, Leonardo-Finmeccanica chef executive, said: "This agreement is an exciting opportunity for Leonardo-Finmeccanica to expand the scope of its activities in Singapore, a strategic country where we are fully committed to strengthen a long-term partnership, not just for helicopters but also in other sectors."

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NTU chief of staff and vice-president of research Lam Khin Yong said: "The partnerships with leading industry players like Leonardo-Finmeccanica are crucial for successful translational of university research into actual technology used in commercial products. NTU scientists with their deep expertise in aerospace engineering and materials sciences will work with engineers from Leonardo-Finmeccanica, to research and develop new manufacturing and materials technologies that can be used for next-generation helicopters and aircrafts."

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