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Former German research & technology chief honoured in S'pore

SINGAPORE: Erwin Bernhard, former director for research and technology in Germany's defence ministry, has been conferred the Singapore Defence Technology Distinguished Fellowship.

He received the award from Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Monday afternoon.

A ministry statement said the award was to recognise his outstanding contributions in expanding defence technology cooperation and enhancing the excellent defence technology relationship between Singapore and Germany.

Mr Bernhard was the first co-chairman of the Singapore-Germany Defence Research and Technology Dialogue, a post that he held since the dialogue's inauguration in July 2009 to March 2012.

During his term, he strongly supported and encouraged bilateral research cooperation.

To that end, the statement said he laid a strong foundation for cooperation by establishing closer linkages between research institutes and technical experts from both countries.

Under his leadership, the level of research cooperation between Singapore and Germany has expanded significantly, with several joint projects of mutual interest spanning a broad spectrum of technology areas signed.

The Singapore Defence Technology Distinguished Fellowship was set up in 1996 to recognise individuals who have contributed significantly to bilateral defence technology cooperation.

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