The 2018 Land Forces conference this week managed to break a few records, with the metrics for success showing impressive growth.
“I first attended Land Forces two years ago and this event is now 50 per cent bigger than that one,” Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said on day one. “There are 15 equivalent chiefs from our region and elsewhere with 26 countries represented. What we’ve seen in the last two years has been a dramatic change, improvement and growth in people’s interest in Defence industry and the capabilities that we here in Australia can export.”
“This is a great opportunity for Army to partner with industry,” Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr said. “This event is an excellent opportunity to build relationships between industry, academia, the military and our wider regional partners. It’s great to see so many companies here, especially SMEs, with so much innovation on show.”
Between about a dozen different seminars and conferences running alongside the biggest trade show element that Land Forces has seen, it was a big event in every sense.
Of the 624 participating companies from 26 countries, there were 328 SMEs, 67 official Defence, government and trade delegations, 16 conferences, symposia and seminars, and over 15,000 total attendances during the event.
Technologies to support all elements of the ground battle with a digital and joint focus were on display along with Land 400 Phase 3 contenders putting in a good showing.
ADM will be covering some highlights both online and in the October edition. Our biggest edition in 25 years of publishing is now available in the September edition, which is now available in hard copy.