Australian trade mission to visit global defence companies in Europe

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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.

 The tour will also provide industry representatives with an insight into BAE Systems’ ‘digital shipbuilding’ processes and methodologies, giving them an understanding of how these translate into ship construction.
The digital technology to be showcased during this week’s trade mission will demonstrate how every aspect of a ship can be ‘live and accessible’ to all involved in the design, build and maintenance, operation and future upgrades of the ships during their many decades of service.
BAE Systems SEA 5000 managing director, Nigel Stewart said:“This trade mission aims to do two key things. Firstly, it will provide Australian industry with greater insight into how technology within BAE Systems is revolutionising shipbuilding. And, secondly, it will open the door to global defence opportunities in the maritime domain.”

“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.