Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne and 18 Australian companies have crossed the Pacific to attend key defence industry events and meet with senior representatives.
Minister Pyne will deliver the keynote address to the US-Australian Dialogue on Defence Industries, part of the 2018 G’day USA program. The program brings together Australian and US industry leaders and experts, policy makers and senior business representatives to further develop collaboration on providing innovative capabilities.
During his visit to Washington DC, Minister Pyne will also meet with senior US government officials to highlight Australia’s innovative defence industry and promote opportunities for increased industry co-operation between Australia and the US. This includes discussions with the Deputy Secretary of Defence; Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; and the Director of the Joint Strike Fighter Program.
"Australia is transforming its defence force and investing in the capabilities necessary to meet Australia’s future warfighting challenges. As part of this transformation, we are expanding our defence industry to be more innovative, competitive and sustainable," Minister Pyne said.
"The 2018 US-Australian Dialogue on Defence Industries will build on the success of the previous four events in creating opportunities for Australia’s world-class defence industry to explore future projects and areas of co-operation."
Minister Pyne's visit also coincides with 18 Australia companies exhibiting at Sea Air Space 2018 in Maryland as part of Team Defence Australia, a record level of attendance for Sea Air Space. The Team Defence Australia delegation will be looking to secure more export opportunities on the back of the government's recently released Defence Export Strategy.
"The increased funding and support outlined in the Defence Export Strategy will support even more Australian businesses to achieve export success and contribute to the strength of this relationship," Minister Pyne said.
The new strategy has multiple initiatives and investments, including: