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The LAND FORCES 2018 Exposition broke previous attendance, exhibitor and delegation records, and was hailed as the best yet by exhibitors, trade visitors and organisers.

The three-day exposition in September 2018 combined Defence and Army conferences, technical and scientific seminars and symposia and a defence industry exhibition promoting 624 companies from 26 countries.

It attracted record total combined attendances of 15,331 over the period of the event, from throughout Australia and the world (up from 13,450 in 2016).

The event included:

  • A 30 per cent increase in total exhibition space over the 2016 event
  • 624 participating exhibitor companies (including 328 Australian SMEs) from 26 countries (up from 501 exhibitor companies in 2016)
  • 21 conferences, seminars and symposia (11 in 2016)
  • 74 defence, trade and industry delegations from 36 countries (66 in 2016), including 31 foreign military delegations and 19 Australian military delegations.

Major Defence conferences and symposia:

  • Chief of Army Land Seminar (CALFS18)
  • DST International Conference on Science and Innovation for Land Power 2018 (ICSILP18) Conference
  • Land Environment Working Group (LEWG) Defence Engagement With Industry Briefings
  • CASG 3rd Army Aviation Symposium.

Presentations from:

  • Australian Minister for Defence;
  • Australian Minister for Defence Industry;
  • Australian Assistant Minister for Defence.

LAND FORCES 2018 Chief Executive Officer Ian Honnery said the event had achieved its dual goals of providing a platform for interaction, and promoting Australian industry.

LAND FORCES 2018 is unique in the region as a platform for engagement and exchange of ideas between Army, Defence, Government, academia and industry, in the national interest,” Mr. Honnery said.

“It enables interaction with military professionals and companies from around the world. It is an important opportunity for Australian industry, particularly our Small to Medium Enterprises, to promote themselves to prime contractors, major suppliers and potential overseas customers.

LAND FORCES 2018 excelled in its main goals of enabling that engagement and of promoting Australian industry to the world, by bringing the world to Australia.”