Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne has welcomed industry partners, uniformed personnel and foreign partners to the international industry exposition Land Forces 2018 in Adelaide.
Land Forces 2018 runs from 4-6 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre, showcasing equipment, technology and services for the armies of Australia and the Indo-Pacific.
"More than 15,000 people are expected to attend Land Forces 2018. There are 67 official Defence, government and trade delegations, and 16 conferences, symposia and seminars. This is a fantastic endorsement of the strength and future of Australia’s defence industry," Minister Pyne said.
With 540 participating companies from 25 countries, Land Forces 2018 will also provide opportunities for businesses to look for export opportunities overseas, and take advantage of the enhanced support Australia’s Defence Export Strategy is delivering for businesses.
Minister Pyne said, "Land Forces 2018 provides businesses a chance to gain information and discuss the opportunities presented by the government’s $200 billion investment in defence capability. This includes our multi-billion Infantry Fighting Vehicles project, known as LAND 400 Phase 3, which is now open for tenders, and our $5 billion Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle project."
Land Forces 2018 will be a powerful forum for key decision-makers from throughout the region, enabling government representatives, defence officials, military procurement managers and senior army officers to network with defence materiel manufacturers, equipment suppliers and service providers.
The expo will provide delegates, exhibitors, participants and visitors alike with a unique opportunity to meet with their peers, potential suppliers and customers. Issues and proposals will be discussed, ideas and information exchanged, contacts made and networks developed. Land Forces 2018 will highlight the platforms, equipment, services and technologies that are increasingly demanded by the armies of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, including:
- Armoured, transport and utility vehicles;
- Weapon systems and ordnance;
- Unmanned systems;
- Amphibious ships and watercraft;
- Strategic and battlefield logistics;
- Combat engineering;
- Component design and manufacture;
- Tactical and strategic communications;
- Command and control (C2);
- Intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR);
- Maintenance and upgrades; and
- Training and simulation.
"I look forward to getting onto the Land Forces exposition floor to talk with some of the great people from our defence industry and seeing their innovative, world-leading products," Minister Pyne said.