TRADE COLLABORATION IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION”
With defence budgets in North America and Europe under severe pressure, the focus of defence business opportunities are pivoting to the Asia-Pacific region.
Regional economic growth, territorial tensions, competition for resources and regional influence, are driving opportunities for defence trade and industrial collaboration in the region. What are these opportunities and how can our defence industries best support stability and trade in the region?
These questions will be addressed by senior industry and government officials of the four nations at the annual Quadrilateral Defence Trade Conference. In 2013, the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) will host the conference, in partnership with ADS (UK), Canadian Association of Defence & Security Industries (CADSI) and National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) of the USA.
German based multinational Siemens has demonstrated its electrification, automation and digitisation capabilities on a stream of defence platforms in the Asia Pacific, from F-35 Lightning II to Australian and NZ Anzac Class Frigates, the Collins Class submarine and Australia’s new Canberra Class LHDs. ADM’s Philip Smart spoke to Jeff Connolly about how the company sees its future in the region’s defence market.