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PODCAST: Avalon Airshow 2019 – The future of Australian air power special

In this special episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, recorded live on site at the 2019 Avalon International Airshow and Defence Exposition, host Phil Tarrant is joined by new Victorian defence industry advocate John O’Callaghan to talk about the integration of Victoria’s defence industry in the defence supply chain; Andrew Pryor, business development director at Northrop Grumman Technology Services; and Michael Hardy, general manager, modelling, simulation and training at KBRwyle.

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OCallaghan will discuss the evolution of Victoria’s defence industry and the growing capability of the SME sector to support large-scale projects like LAND 400 Phase 2, SEA 1000 and SEA 5000, as well as the role of collaboration between the various state and territory defence industry advocates and their organisations to help support the Commonwealth government’s agenda for development of ADF capability. 

During the discussion, Pryor will focus on the role Northrop Grumman is playing in supporting key Royal Australian Air Force capabilities, like the KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport and the C-27J Spartan airlifter, and the importance of close collaboration and relationships between industry and Defence to enhance the capability and service life of key capabilities. 

Finally, Hardy will discuss the shifting nature of training, modelling and simulation in supporting the next-generation warfighter. He will focus on the growing place for augmented and enhanced reality training simulation technology and the training requirements of a fifth-generation ADF. 

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 148: PODCAST: Supporting ex-service personnel transition to corporate life, Mike Whitelaw, Wandering Warriors
Episode 147: PODCAST: Utilising technology to save the lives of military veterans, Chris Rhyss Edwards, Soldier.ly
Episode 146: PODCAST: Supporting allies, growing economies – Richard Cho, Hanwha Defence Australia
Episode 145: PODCAST: Reflecting on an almost 18-year career with the Royal Australian Navy, Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Raymond
Episode 144: PODCAST: Commemorating Australia’s military history, Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Australian War Memorial
Episode 143: PODCAST: Engineering the defence vehicle of today for 30 years of service in the battlefield, Kevin Wall, Thales
Episode 142: PODCAST: The limitless applications and utilities of a growing drone ecosystem, Rob Sutton, Mirragin Aerospace Consulting
Episode 141: PODCAST: The Royal Automobile Club of Australia’s connection with defence industry, Simon Perdriau, RACA member
Episode 140: PODCAST: How the integration of autonomous systems is shifting the future of minehunting, Gene Cumm, Northrop Grumman
Episode 139: PODCAST: Realising the benefits of veterans in the workforce – life after uniform, Mat Jones, Soldier On Australia

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