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Victorian government welcomes Avalon defence opportunities

The 2019 Australian International Airshow has taken flight, and the Victorian government is excited for the boost it will bring to local tourism as well as being able to showcase the best of the state’s defence and technology industries.

The 2019 Australian International Airshow has taken flight, and the Victorian government is excited for the boost it will bring to local tourism as well as being able to showcase the best of the state’s defence and technology industries.

Over 200,000 visitors are expected to come through the Avalon Airshow, regarded as "the most comprehensive defence and aerospace event in the southern hemisphere".


"The airshow is a great opportunity to showcase Victoria's world-class expertise in defence, aviation and aerospace to the world, attracting new investments, creating more local jobs and encouraging our brightest minds to consider a career path in these exciting industries," said Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula.

"We're proud to support the airshow not only to promote our defence sector, but to give a major boost to the local economy, with thousands of visitors coming through the Geelong region next week."

For the first time, the government's airshow pavilion will focus on skills and careers in space-related industries, featuring 28 exhibitors encouraging Victoria's "best and brightest minds to reach for the stars".


The defence sector contributes around $8 billion to Victoria's economy annually, with about 18,500 people employed by 770 businesses that manufacture equipment and provide services for defence activities.

Earlier this month, renowned industry and government defence expert John O'Callaghan was appointed as the new Victorian defence industry advocate to "champion Victoria's defence capabilities here and overseas".

The Aerospace and Defence Exposition runs for three industry-only days from today to Thursday, with the Airshow opening to the public from 2:00pm AEDT on Friday, 1 March.

As part of Defence Connect's coverage and contribution to the 2019 Avalon expo and airshow, we will be hosting a special series of live streams, in partnership with Northrop Grumman covering a range of topics. 

Livestream 1 details: Networking the ADF in the multi-domain future

In the first-ever Defence Connect webcast, our panel of international specialists will discuss the implications of introducing multi-domain battle management capabilities. The panel will discuss a number of questions, including:

  • What is driving the global focus on multi-domain operations?
  • How should the ADF, and the RAAF in particular, address the challenges of fourth and fifth-generation connectivity and interoperability?
  • What near and longer-term capability developments are going to impact connectivity and interoperability the most?
  • What opportunities exist for Australia’s global leadership in multi-domain operations?

Date: Tuesday, 26 February
Time: 9:00am AEDT
Duration: 60 minutes

Livestream 2 details: Autonomous systems in a 5th-generation RAAF

In the second of our series of webcasts, the panel of specialists will consider the impact of introducing a range of autonomous aerial systems with the ADF. With a special focus on the Triton high-altitude, long-endurance UAS, among other things.

The panel will also address the implications of UAS capabilities across key areas, including:

  • Impact of UAS on RAAF CONOPS, including coalition operations; and
  • The implications and opportunities for Australian industry of emergent autonomous technologies used in Australia and abroad.

Date: Wednesday, 27 February
Time: 9:00am AEDT
Duration: 60 minutes

Both live streams are free to view online. You can register your interest here. For more information about the 2019 Avalon Airshow and Expo, visit airshow.com.au.

Victorian government welcomes Avalon defence opportunities
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