Italy – Singapore: Military Robotics Agreement


2015-10-24  An agreement – signed on 8 October in Rome, at the General Secretariat of Defence – provides for the development of a high-performance  electric robot and strengthens technological cooperation between the Italian Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of  Singapore.


Project Pholus –a name  taken from  Greek mythology- is intended for dual use:  high risk military operations as well as  civilian emergency situations, such as earthquakes and other disasters,   where it will be used in search and rescue activities. 

For the Italian party, activities will be carried out by the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT-located in Genoa), which cooperates with Singapore A*STAR I2R laboratories.

The agreement was negotiated and signed -by delegation from the Defence  Minister- by Air Force General Pasquale Montegiglio on behalf of the Secretary General  of Defence, and  Rear Admiral Harris Chan Weng Yip, Singapore Future Systems & Technology Architect.

Italian Ministry of Defence