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8 Febraury 2021

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR $15,000 LAND FORCES INNOVATION AWARDS

Innovative individuals and companies in the land domain have until 16 April to enter the prestigious LAND FORCES Innovation Awards, to be presented at the LAND FORCES International Land Defence Exposition at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1-3 June.

LAND FORCES is Proudly Supported by the Queensland Government.

Innovation Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • LAND FORCES 2021 National Innovation Award
  • LAND FORCES 2021 SME Innovation Award
  • LAND FORCES 2021 Young Innovator Award (including a $15,000 cash award).


The award winners will be announced in advance of LAND FORCES and will be presented with their awards at the event.

“The awards reflect our altruistic purpose, which is to promote the development of aviation and Australia’s industrial, manufacturing and information/communications technology resources in the fields of aviation, aerospace, maritime, defence and security,” said Ian Honnery, CEO of the national not‐for‐profit AMDA Foundation which organises the biennial LAND FORCES exposition.

“Since we launched the Awards in 2012, we have presented nearly $400,000 in SME Innovation Award Grants and Young Innovator Awards, to encourage and reward excellence by our small companies and emerging engineers and scientists.”

“Australia’s defence industry is now recognised by the Department of Defence as a Fundamental Input to Defence Capability (FIC) and Defence is putting ever-greater emphasis on industry innovation,” said Mr Honnery. “Industry’s ability to deliver for Defence and the ADF is underpinned by its ability to innovate and bring to the market new defence products and services. That is what our awards seek to encourage.”

The awards are open to Australian companies or the Australian subsidiaries of overseas parent companies. The innovation could be anything from a new product or service to a new approach to business. Entries will be judged on originality and their understanding of user needs.

The LAND FORCES Innovation Awards stand alongside similar Innovation Awards presented biennially at the AVALON Australian International Air Show and Aerospace & Defence Exposition at Avalon Airport and the INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition in Sydney. These are still the only awards specifically created to recognise and reward innovative Australians in these critical sectors of our national economy.

For more on the eligibility criteria or to submit an entry for the LAND FORCES Industry Innovation Awards go to: www.landforces.com.au.

 

The 2018 award winners included:

National Innovation Award: Boeing Defence Australia – for developing the Currawong Battlespace Communications System, a mobile, scalable system that provides huge transfer capacity of voice, graphics, video and text data needed to support real-time situational awareness for deployed commanders and their staff.

SME Innovation Grant: Droneshield – for developing the lightweight DroneGun Tactical, designed to counter hostile or threatening UAVs by jamming their control signals.

Young Innovator Scholarship: Mr Angus Bean – Industrial designer (and now Chief Technology Officer) at Droneshield, who led the design team that created the DroneGun Tactical and other miniaturised counter-UAV products.

 

For enquiries about the awards please contact:

Gregor Ferguson
Executive Manager Innovation and Industry Engagement
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0414 803 717
E: gferguson@amda.com.au

For media enquiries please contact:

Philip Smart
Head of Industry and Corporate Communications
AMDA Foundation Limited
M: 0438 311 644
E: psmart@amda.com.au


About LAND FORCES – www.landforces.com.au
Presented in collaboration with the Australian Army, LAND FORCES is an international industry exposition to showcase equipment, technology and services for the armies of Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

The biennial LAND FORCES exposition is a powerful forum for key decision-makers from throughout the region, enabling government representatives, defence officials, military procurement managers and senior army officers to network with defence materiel manufacturers, equipment suppliers and service providers.

About AMDA Foundation – www.amda.com.au

AMDA Foundation Limited is an Australian not-for-profit corporation established to promote the development of aviation and Australia’s industrial, manufacturing and information/communications technology resources in the fields of aviation, aerospace, maritime, defence and security.

It achieves these goals by delivering Australia’s most prominent world-class biennial industry expositions as platforms for interaction between industry, defence, government and academia. These include:

  • AVALON Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition
  • INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition
  • LAND FORCES International Land Defence Exposition
  • ROTORTECH Helicopter and Unmanned Flight Exposition


17 April 2019

LAND FORCES 2020 DATES AND VENUE

Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited, organiser of the biennial LAND FORCES defence exposition, announces that LAND FORCES 2020 will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 September 2020.

Presented with support from the Australian Army, the biennial LAND FORCES exposition is an international industry event to showcase equipment, technology and services for the armies of Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

The 2018 event set new records, with more than 15,000 attendances across its three days, including 624 participating companies from 26 countries and 74 defence trade and industry delegations from 36 countries. The event also hosted 21 associated conferences, seminars and symposia.

“The LAND FORCES Exposition is an event of national, regional and international significance,” said Ian Honnery, Chief Executive of Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited.

“It is the region’s premier platform for engagement and exchange of ideas between Army, Defence, Government, academia and industry.

“The LAND FORCES 2020 team is now setting about ensuring the event will achieve its goals of providing an effective platform for the exchange of ideas on key land forces issues and of taking Australian industry to the world by bringing the world to Australia.”

Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited is a not-for-profit organisation established to promote the development of Australian industrial and technological capability with respect to defence and security. It is a member of the not-for profit group established by Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited. Other group activities include the biennial Australian International Air Show and Aerospace & Defence Exposition at Avalon, the Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, the Rotortech Industry Exposition in Brisbane and the CivSec International Civil Security Exposition and Congress in Melbourne.

For media enquiries please contact:

Philip Smart
Executive Manager Corporate Communications
Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited
M: 0438 311 644
E: psmart@amda.com.au

19 September 2018

LAND FORCES 2018 BREAKS EXHIBITOR, ATTENDANCE RECORDS

The LAND FORCES 2018 Exposition has broken attendance, exhibitor and delegation records, and been hailed as the best yet by exhibitors, trade visitors and organisers.

The three-day exposition, held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 4-6 September, 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, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP
    • Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Steven Ciobo MP
    • Australian Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon. David Fawcett.

 

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.

“All indications are that 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.”

 

For media enquiries please contact:

Philip Smart
Executive Manager Corporate Communications
Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited
M: 0438 311 644
E: psmart@amda.com.au

About LAND FORCES 2018

Presented in collaboration with the Australian Army, the Australian Department of Defence and Defence Science and Technology, the biennial LAND FORCES Exposition is an international industry
exposition to showcase equipment, technology and services for the armies of Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

About the Organiser

LAND FORCES 2018 is organised and conducted by Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited.

The mission of Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited is to promote the development of Australia’s industrial, manufacturing and information/communications technology resources in the
military land defence and security sectors.

Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited is a division of the not-for-profit Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited (ABN 31 091 148 837).

Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited also organises the biennial PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition, ROTORTECH helicopter industry exposition and the CIVSEC Civil Security Congress. Its corporate affiliate, Aerospace Australia Limited, organises the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition, held biennially at Avalon in Victoria.

Like AVALON and PACIFIC, the LAND FORCES Exposition is held biennially and has become one of the premier defence events in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.