Airbus will join other international aerospace and government agencies exhibiting at the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) forum to help support the NZ defence industry.
Airbus will be presenting an exhibit enabling visitors to experience virtual reality presentations of a range of products, including the A400M military transporter, H225 search and rescue helicopter, the A330 MRTT tanker and the CityAirbus future air taxi demonstrator.
Rob Elder, acting managing director of Airbus Australia Pacific, said the company’s presence at the event would enable visitors to get updates on the extensive range of products and services offered by Airbus, as well as its latest innovations.
"These virtual-reality scenarios are designed to give guests a first-hand experience with sounds and an environment as close to real life as possible," he said.
Elder said that Airbus Australia Pacific had been nominated in this year’s Minister of Defence Awards of Excellence to Industry in three categories, with the winners to be announced at the forum’s gala dinner on Thursday, 1 November.
"We are pleased to have received several nominations related to our contract with the Royal New Zealand Air Force to support its NH90 helicopter fleet and our P3 Underwater Intelligence Solution," Elder said.
The NZDIA was formed in 1993 to support the Anzac Frigate project and serves as the New Zealand industry's principle conduit to the NZ Defence Force. The primary focus of NZDIA remains enabling members to informed about, understand and support the procurement program of the NZ government.
Elder said that Airbus had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the NZDF.
"Airbus has a history in the region of more than 40 years and we look forward to many more years to come," he said.
NZDIA works to deliver mutually beneficial process improvement, lower business cost and improve commercial outcomes for NZ Defence, associated agencies, including security, intelligence, border control, police and customs.
The New Zealand Defence, Industry & National Security Forum is an annual event that brings government, Defence and industry, both local and international, together in New Zealand. The dates for this year are 31 October and 1 November.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.