A group of around 50 Australian businesses active in the defence industry will take part in a trade mission to Europe, organised by the Department of Defence from June 5-20.
The participating companies will attend Eurosatory Exhibition 2018, the major Western European event of 2018 addressing the needs of the Defence sector, on June 11-15. Additionally, the trade mission has an opportunity to visit key sites operated by the global supply chain primes including BAE System, Thales and Rheinmetall. The trade mission will also incorporate a visit to the Bourges being organised by the Victorian Government.
Visiting BAE System’s facility in Glasgow in the UK, the Team Defence Australia trade mission will be briefed on current and future shipbuilding projects in the UK and see how manufacturing of the first Type 26 Global Combat Ship for the Royal Navy is progressing.
BAE Systems has proposed the Global Combat Ship-Australia to replace the ageing Anzac Class frigates as part of the government’s Future Frigate program, SEA 5000. The GCS-A design is up against Fincantieri’s FREMM and Navantia’s F-5000.
“BAE Systems has committed to opening up its annual supply chain expenditure of more than $18bn to Australian industry. If we can help, support or work alongside industry or provide new opportunities to grow their businesses, the end result is a stronger, more sustainable national defence industry,” he said.
The participating businesses in the trade mission will also visit Thales UK Glasgow facility and meet with Thales Program managers and engineers. Thales UK Glasgow is a global centre of excellence for the design, manufacture and support of optronic day/night vision equipment and systems for Land, Sea and Air applications to a global customer base.
Thales Glasgow is also the domain that leads the promotion of Thales protected Vehicle (PRV) sales in to the UK Market, including the Multi-Role Vehicle-Protected (MRVP) program.
In a visit to Bourges, France, organised by the Victorian Government, the Australian companies will get an overview of the French market and defence ecosystem and seek opportunities for R&D in land systems, aerospace and cybersecurity.
The visit to Rheinmetall Defence in Unterlüß, Germany will provide an opportunity for participants to gain an understanding of Rheinmetall’s activities in Europe and across the globe and meet with relevant stakeholders across all divisions.