Pyne to discuss Australian defence industry in Washington DC

Defence minister Christopher Pyne is meeting with industry leaders in the US and Canada this week to highlight Australia’s development in the defence sector.

 The focus of the trip will be the G’Day USA United States‑Australia Dialogue on Defense Industry, which will be attended by key representatives from industry and Fortune 500 companies. 

 Minister Pyne, who will also deliver the keynote address at the event, said the dialogue is an important part of Australia increasing its defence exports and growing this high end, advanced manufacturing industry.

 “The Australian Government is embarking on its largest ever renewal and investment into defence capability; investing approximately $195 billion to grow our local defence capability across the decade and boost our economy,” he said. 

 “This will be an excellent foundation for us to growth our exports in defence industry, with close allies such as the United States a prime focus of local Australian companies. 

 “G’day USA has been a successful program in promoting our offerings in tourism and agriculture and we expect this to be repeated for our defence industry,” he said. 

 Before arriving in Washington DC, the Minister will head to Ottawa to meet the Hon Harjit Singh Sajjan MP and other government representatives to discuss growing defence industry engagement between the two nations and synergy between Australia’s Future Frigate and the Canadian surface combatant programmes.

 In particular, it aims to highlight the phased array radar made by CEA (based in Canberra) and the Saab Australia 9LV combat system.

 In Washington DC, Minister Pyne will also meet with senior US Defence Officials, senior members of the US Congress as well as leading members of the US defence industry.  

Minister Pyne will support 10 Australian businesses exhibiting at Sea Air Space 2017 as part of Team Defence Australia, and advocate for greater inclusion of Australian content in global supply chains during meetings with the global leaders of the world’s leading defence companies.

 Minister Pyne will be highlighting the significant contributions that Australian defence industry can make to the Australia‑United States alliance.