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With his enormous experience, Vincent Chong Sy Feng, CEO of ST Engineering is at the forefront of the tremendous growth of the company

Defense engineering focuses on the development and production of technology used to ensure national security and maintain the stability of governments and nations throughout the world. In short, countries require arms to deter other nations that might seek to provoke them. When it comes to working in this industry, huge budgets mean that engineering teams can focus on some of the most progressive and sophisticated technologies that the world has ever known. Government contracts for private companies total in the billions, and the resources available for defense engineers are almost limitless.

ST Engineering is a global technology, defense, and engineering firm specializing in the aerospace, electronics, land systems, and marine sectors. The firm brings innovation and technology together to create people-centric, multidisciplinary, smart engineering solutions for its customers in the defense, government, and commercial segments in more than 100 countries. With more than 700 smart city projects across 130 cities in its track record, the Group continues to help transform cities through its suite of Smart Mobility, Smart Security, and Smart Environment solutions. Powering innovation is its workforce of about 23,000, two-thirds of whom are engineering and technical talents. With technology and innovation in its DNA, the firm creates game-changing solutions in domains such as smart cities, robotics, data analytics, cybersecurity, and autonomous solutions. With a portfolio of world-class and award-winning solutions ranging from oceanic depths to the expanse of space, it invests in technology to enhance multidisciplinary engineering expertise and wide-ranging capabilities to meet tomorrow's challenges.

Path-breaking products furnished by ST Engineering

Total Aviation Support

With over 40 years of experience and track record in the global aviation industry, the firm knows what it takes to keep aircraft flying safely. It offers solutions in both original equipment (OE) manufacturing and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), allowing customers to enjoy a wide range of aviation services in practically every stage of an aircraft life cycle. As an OE manufacturer, it designs and produces aero-structures and materials such as engine nacelles and composite floor panels. The firm has the expertise to give aging passenger aircraft a new lease of life by converting them into freighters or refurbishing their cabin interior and providing end-to-end solutions.

 The company is one of the biggest freighter conversion houses globally and the only one that offers solutions for both Boeing and Airbus platforms using original OEM engineering data. As an MRO service provider, it operates a global network of facilities in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., providing maintenance solutions from airframe to components and engines. The company is the largest commercial airframe MRO provider globally and has the expertise and experience in supporting both commercial and military aircraft.  


Every day, the firm empowers people and organizations to solve some of the world's biggest challenges to enable a better place to live, work, and play. They have helped shape and transform global cities through deep technology expertise and a vast global network to innovate and bring forth bold ideas. Be it seamless commute or optimized lighting, interactive edutainment, or simulation training, critical infrastructure the firm adopts a unique customer-centric approach, AGIL, to curate, design, and develop breakthrough products and solutions. To solve real-world problems, it innovates consciously, ensuring that every product, solution, and platform created are inventive, intuitive, and incisive. Through smarter, more efficient technologies and diverse capabilities in multiple business segments, the firm connects and acts to prepare cities for a smarter, more sustainable future. Its solutions have been deployed in more than 100 cities worldwide while garnering over 100 patents, designs, and trademarks. With increasing global urbanization, the ability to transport large numbers of people efficiently, reliably, and seamlessly is pivotal to economic growth.

Land Systems

With customers in more than 40 countries, they have trusted partners for military technology, smart defense systems, robotics, and autonomous solutions. A leading provider of integrated mobility systems and security solutions across defense, homeland security, and commerce, the firm is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of specialty vehicles and a provider of automotive Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services including fleet leasing and management. In the U.S., they are also known as a premium manufacturer of road construction and maintenance equipment, specialized truck bodies and trailers for major fleet and truck leasing operators, food and beverage distributors, and municipal authorities. With decades of expertise in the development of military technology and innovative engineering solutions, military vehicles have proven their capabilities in battlefield mobility, personnel protection, and firepower in real-life combat deployment.

The driving force behind the supremacy of ST Engineering Vincent Chong is the President and also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ST Engineering. Under his leadership the firm continues to strengthen its core business while pursuing new growth, with global expansion in defence and smart city business encompassing that includes robotics, security, Satcom, and mobility.

Mr. Vincent graduated with first class honors in mechanical engineering from National University of Singapore. He attended executive leadership programs at Thunderbird School of Global Management and Columbia Business School.

"We aspire to be a global technology, defense, and engineering powerhouse. Our strategy is underpinned by our values: Integrity, Value Creation, Courage, Commitment, and Compassion."