Australia’s ambitions to become a leading defence exporter will be on show this week, with Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne travelling to India and Singapore to talk up the nation’s capabilities.
Minister Pyne will represent the Australian government at the third annual Raisina Dialogue to discuss the region’s emerging security dynamics and will highlight Australian defence innovation.
"Since its inception, the Raisina Dialogue has emerged as India’s flagship conference on geopolitics and economics," Minister Pyne said.
"It presents a unique opportunity to highlight the world-class capabilities of Australian defence companies to global government, business and industry leaders."
India, which has the second largest army in the world, is currently the world's largest defence importer, presenting an opportunity for Australian defence companies to capitalise on.
Minister Pyne will also meet with Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to discuss opportunities for defence industry engagement, as well as address the Indian National Defence College.
"Like Australia, India is investing in modernising its military and developing a stronger defence industrial base. As regional security partners, there is great value in sharing our experiences and exploring opportunities for co-operation," Minister Pyne said.
In Singapore, the minister will meet with Singaporean Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, and address the Singapore-based Australian Chamber of Commerce
Minister Pyne will also meet with senior representatives from Singapore Technology – Engineering to discuss opportunities for Australian defence companies.
"Australia and Singapore are strengthening economic and security co-operation under our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Defence industry sits at the nexus of these two interests and I look forward to progressing our co-operation in this area," he said.
Australian Defence attaches and representatives posted to the Asia-region will also meet with Minister Pyne, a move the minister said will highlight their vital role in promoting Australian defence exports and international defence industry collaboration.
"Defence representatives attached to Australia’s regional diplomatic missions play a key role in supporting export outcomes for Australian defence industry," he said.
"Their networks and insight are vital to gaining access to and successfully navigating regional defence markets."