U.S., Singapore to Cooperate on Counter-Drone

U.S., Singapore to Cooperate on Counter-Drone

The United States and Singapore have inked a new agreement to deepen collaboration on defense innovation, aligning with broader U.S. efforts to partner with Indo-Pacific nations on emerging military technologies. The memorandum of understanding aims to leverage commercial tech for military applications.

Maritime Security and Counter-Drone Systems Under the pact, the two countries will prioritize maritime security solutions and counter-drone capabilities, according to the U.S. Defense Department. This includes plans for “joint challenges” centered on ship-launched counter-drone systems and technologies resilient to electronic warfare threats like jamming.

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The agreement sets the stage for upcoming joint technology challenges where U.S. and Singaporean companies can showcase their innovations to meet shared operational needs. Doug Beck, head of the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit facilitating commercial tech adoption, stated the first challenges could launch within a month.

“The U.S. and Singapore will agree on the specific goals and criteria, and then allow companies from either country to apply,” Beck explained. Promising solutions will then be acquired through appropriate contracting mechanisms in each nation.

This collaborative framework mirrors the recent AUKUS electronic warfare challenge involving the U.S., U.K., and Australia. Such joint initiatives tap into a broader coalition of defense industrial capabilities to accelerate innovation against emerging threats.

The new U.S., Singapore pact was signed on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, reflecting American efforts to bolster defense ties across the Indo-Pacific amid heightened global tensions. Enhancing military-tech collaboration with allies has become a key priority for Washington under the Biden administration.

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