I am travelling to Europe this week to lead a record delegation of Australian businesses at one of the world’s largest defence tradeshows to promote defence industry opportunities with the United Kingdom and France.
In the UK, I will support the largest contingent of Australian defence industry companies to attend the Defence and Security Equipment International tradeshow with a focus on how small businesses can benefit from defence partnerships.
The event in London will see 61 Australian businesses demonstrating their capabilities to international businesses and governments at the Team Defence Australia pavilion.
DSEI is one of 15 tradeshows and trade missions which the Australian Government’s Defence Export Office will support over the next 12 months.
This record size of the delegation reflects the Morrison Government’s support for Australian defence industry to realise their export potential and access opportunities in overseas markets.
While in London, I will address the Defence Industry and Innovation Day at Australia House and outline my focus on supporting our small businesses to grow stronger through new export opportunities.
In France, I will meet the workforce from Defence and Naval Group who are working together in Cherbourg to deliver Australia’s Future Submarine Program.
The Program will deliver a fleet of 12 Attack Class submarines, built in Australia by an Australian workforce as part of our $200 billion investment in defence capability.
The Morrison Government will deliver thousands of jobs and opportunities for Australian small businesses in the Future Submarine Program.
I look forward to deepening Australia’s defence ties with the UK and France, promoting Australia’s defence industry and small businesses and exploring opportunities to strengthen Australia’s defence industrial base.