Three-day military industrial exhibition to be largest ever
June 1, 2021
The 2021 International Land Defense Expo will be Australia’s largest land defense event ever and may indeed be the first such exhibit in the world since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020. .
Starting today at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), the three-day event will serve as a springboard for industry recovery and the first major opportunity for defense, industry and military to engage in a planned investment of $ 55 billion in land across the country. defense capacity over the next decade.
The Land Forces 2021 industry component will be over 30% larger than the 2018 event, with over 700 participating companies, a demonstration of the industry’s willingness to return to a face-to-face engagement with the after the pandemic. They will be ready to reconnect with their colleagues and industry delegates and explore the possibilities of adding value to defense projects.
The Australian Government’s Force Structure Plan 2020, released in July 2020, detailed investments in new strike weapons, helicopters, personal watercraft, logistics resilience and emerging robotics and autonomous systems. This is in addition to major platform and weapon system acquisitions already underway, such as the Rheinmetall Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle ($ 5 billion), the Thales Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle ($ 900 million – $ 1.4 billion) and the Hanwha Huntsman self-propelled howitzers ($ 2.4 billion). $ 3.6 billion).
The Force Structure Plan 2020 will ultimately see $ 270 billion invested in Australia’s land, air, naval and space capabilities, to produce a more capable, resilient and agile defense force, and to support a sovereign, competitive industrial base. internationally and innovative to meet Australian defense. national economic capacity needs and goals.
The Land Forces International Land Defense Expo will provide an engaging platform to promote these programs, combining civil and military conferences, international industry exhibition, and formal networking systems and events, to to connect key players in government, defense and industry.
With a number of major acquisition programs underway, the Land Forces will include an expanded program of free lectures, presented by a representative cross section of the land defense community. The conference and symposium program will be centered around three main pillars of industry capacity, innovation and civil protection.
Industry capacity: equipping defense
The ground forces will be a platform for engagement between the defense agencies tasked with acquiring new capabilities from the Australian military and the industry that will provide the technologies, products and support. With the Australian military involved in the largest single acquisition cycle in its history, the ground forces will provide a platform for timely engagement between the military and industry, and between all levels of industry, from the project manager to the micro-SME.
Innovation and technology for the Future Force
As a nation that values sovereign capability, Australia has strengthened its ability to identify and foster innovation that may one day come into operation as a key capability. The Land Forces will highlight new technologies and innovation, the path from idea to commissioning, and the players in defense, government, academia and industry involved.
Through its Innovation Awards, the Land Forces will also highlight innovation in Australian industry.
Civil protection: preparing for the community crisis
Recent natural disasters have seen increasingly close cooperation between the Australian Defense Force, and in particular the military, with civilian agencies and industry to help communities survive and recover. Through its CIVDEF Civil Defense Conference, the Land Forces will provide a timely forum on the lessons, strategies, issues and tools that are incorporated into response strategies at all levels to prepare communities for future emergencies.
Australian companies are finding that the increasing sophistication and capacity of emergency services has created a market for equipment originally designed for defense.
Communication, firefighting, medical and data collection capabilities are just a few of the areas where technology created for military application is now reused for civilian use.
The CIVDEF Civil Protection Conference will bridge the gap, providing a unique opportunity for the defense industry to present, discuss and propose concepts, ideas and equipment to a panel focused on emergency services and to a targeted audience, to encourage business opportunities.
“These are hot topics as the world grapples with uncertainty and insecurity,” says Ian Honnery, managing director of land forces organizer AMDA Foundation Limited.
“AMDA’s goal is to facilitate the readiness and resilience of the national defense capability, with the recovery and revitalization of the industry, through the ground forces as a powerful platform for the pursuit of business, interaction and engagement.
“Amid one of the largest acquisition programs in military history, the industry is expressing a desire to return to face-to-face engagement as soon as possible, encouraged by an Australian government that prioritizes the defense industry as a national axis.
“With the strong support and participation of Defense, government and industry, the Land Forces are a partnership in the national interest.”
The 2018 Land Forces Expo broke previous records, attracting 624 companies from 26 countries and a combined total of 15,331 spectators during the three-day event.
THE AWARDS PROMOTE INNOVATION IN THE INDUSTRY
Three Australian innovators have been named winners of the Land Forces 2021 Innovation Awards and will receive their awards at a special ceremony as part of the event this week.
Among the winners are South Australian SME Micro-X, which developed the world’s first mobile and lightweight X-ray machine; SPEE3D, with operations in Victoria and the Northern Territory, for its battlefield 3D printing system developed to shorten the military supply chain; and Dr Brodie McDonald of the Defense Science and Technology Group (DSTG), a young researcher from Melbourne who led the development of computer models to predict the behavior of military vehicle armor under attack from an improvised explosive device (IED) or a land mine.
The Innovation Awards program was created by land forces organizer AMDA Foundation Limited to promote the development of Australia’s industrial, manufacturing and information / communications technology resources in the fields of aviation, aerospace , maritime, defense and
Prizes are open to Australian companies or Australian subsidiaries of foreign parent companies. Innovation can be a new product or service, or a new business approach. Entries are judged on their originality and understanding of user needs.
They were presented for the first time at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defense Exposition 2013 in Avalon.
Since then, the program has featured SME Innovation Grants and Young Innovator Awards at the AMDA Foundation Land Forces, Indo-Pacific International Maritime Exhibition, and Avalon Exhibitions, of current value. of $ 425,000, and growing.
The Land Forces 2021 Innovation Awards attracted a record 45 entries from Australian companies and young researchers.
The awards, including the two checks for $ 15,000 for the winners of the Defense SME Innovation Award and the Young Innovator Award, will be presented Thursday at the Innovation and Technology for the Future Force conference at LAND FORCES 2021 , held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center. .
The winners are:
● LAND FORCES National Innovation Award 2021: Micro-X (SA)
● Land Forces Defense SMEs Innovation Award 2021 ($ 15,000): SPEE3D (Victoria and the Northwest Territories)
● LAND FORCES Young Innovator Award 2021 ($ 15,000): Dr Brodie McDonald – Defense Science and Technology Group (Victoria)
In addition, four nominees for the award won high commendation:
● LAND FORCES National Innovation Award 2021: DefendTex (Victoria)
● Land Forces Defense SME Innovation Award 2021: Milspec Manufacturing Pty Limited (NSW)
● LAND FORCES Young Innovator Award 2021: Harry Veivers, DMTC Limited (Qld); and McKay Whight, Cyborg Dynamics Engineering (Qld).
Details of the award and video interviews of the Innovation Award winners are available on the Land Forces website: landforces.com.au
Philip Smart is Head of Industry and Corporate Communications at AMDA Foundation Limited.