Australian defence companies target ASEAN markets at DSA 2018

DSA 2018 official launch
Source: DSA exhibition

DSA 2018 official launch Source: DSA exhibition

Team Defence Australia, a mission organised by the Centre for Defence Industry Capabilities, will be showcasing Australian defence capabilities as part of Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition, running from 16-19 April in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

One of the top five defence shows in the world, DSA has run for almost three decades since the first in 1988. The exhibition features a display of the world’s sophisticated hardware and electronic warfare in land, air and sea defence, battlefield healthcare products/technology, training and simulation systems and police and security peripherals.

Nine NSW defence industry companies form part of the mission, according to a media release by NSW government. NSW minister for trade and industry Niall Blair said NSW defence industry attendance at DSA 2018 is aligned with a NSW government focus on expanding exports to fast-growing ASEAN markets.

“This trade show is a terrific follow-up opportunity to support NSW businesses in the international market. It demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting businesses to access ASEAN markets and also leverage the ASEAN Conference that was held in March in Sydney,” Blair said.

Director of defence NSW, Peter Scott, will attend DSA 2018 to support the NSW exhibitors.

He said initiatives from the Commonwealth’s recently launched Defence Export Strategy would support sustainable, technologically advanced and globally competitive defence industries from NSW.

“The export strategy increases support for the highly successful Team Defence Australia trade missions, expands the Global Supply Chain program and increases support to SMEs to become export ready.”

DSA 2018 will feature around 1,500 companies from 60 countries, attracting 43,000 trade visitors.