Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has embarked on a two-day visit to Malaysia to promote Australia’s world-class defence industry and its potential to export internationally.
Mr Pyne will be visiting the Team Defence Australia stand at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, which will showcase the wide range of products and services Australian defence companies are seeking to export.
Companies attending DSA 2018 as part of Team Defence Australia include Austal, Britton Maritime Systems, Craig International Ballistics, and RUAG Australia, to name a few.
“Our Team Defence Australia delegation consists of 27 companies, including small and medium enterprises, a record number for Australian participation at DSA, attesting to the competitiveness and innovative capabilities of Australian defence industry,” Minister Pyne said.
“Events such as DSA are a great way for Australian companies to showcase their capabilities, leading to new export opportunities.”
Minister Pyne said the Government had been working tirelessly to increase the support available for Australian companies to identify and seize new export opportunities.
“The soon to be launched Australian Defence Export Office, an initiative of the Defence Export Strategy, will deliver a suite of new initiatives to help Australian companies become export ready, expand their businesses and achieve export success,” he added.
During his stay in Kuala Lumpur, the Minister will meet with Malaysian Minister for Defence (caretaker), Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin bin Tun Hssein, and the Chief of the Defence Force to discuss opportunities to deepen Australia-Malaysian industry engagement, as well as with a number of his other counterparts visiting for DSA to discuss Australian Defence export opportunities and collaboration.
“Australia greatly values our longstanding defence relationship with Malaysia, which is underpinned by our shared interest in promoting regional security,” Minister Pyne concluded.