Powerful line-up of NSW Defence Industry at Land Forces 2018

Media release | 4 July 2018

The NSW Government will feature some of the State’s best defence companies at Australia’s premier land defence expo, Land Forces 2018, in Adelaide from 4-6 September.

Twelve organisations and their leading capabilities will be showcased on the NSW Government stand ranging from electronic warfare specialists and experts in live fire target training solutions, to component designers and armoured vehicle displays.

Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said this is a unique opportunity for exhibitors to meet with potential suppliers and customers from around the world and discuss new business and investment opportunities.

“Land Forces is a key international defence industry exhibition that will allow NSW to showcase its amazing range of capability, technology and services to the Australian Defence Force and regional security partners across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” Mr Blair said.

“There is increasing demand for defence assets to safeguard regional security and NSW has the smarts and manufacturing capabilities to deliver what’s needed.

“Some of the NSW companies to be showcased are bidding for or have already won contracts under major Army programs, including the recent $5 billion Land 400 Phase 2 for 211 new combat reconnaissance vehicles.”

Rojone of Ingleburn was one of a number of NSW-based companies which signed teaming agreements with winning Land 400 Phase 2 bidder Rheinmetall.

All the major defence primes operate in NSW and are supported by a strong supply chain of SMEs with deep, specialist capabilities.

Last year, Land Forces exhibition held in 2016 attracted more than 10,450 visitors and 464 exhibitors from 22 countries so this will be a great opportunity for NSW.

The NSW Government, through its Defence and Industry Strategy, is committed to supporting Defence and helping the industry access domestic and global opportunities.

Exhibitors on the NSW stand at Land Forces 2018

Advanced Navigation (Sydney)

Develops advanced navigation systems using specialised expertise in sensors, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), inertial navigation, radio frequency (RF) technologies, acoustics, robotics, artificial intelligence and algorithms.


Advantage Wollongong (Wollongong)

A partnership between the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Wollongong City Council and the University of Wollongong to promote Illawarra companies with defence capabilities including in the areas of armoured steel plate, military grade communications systems, base safety systems, high-end welding and engineering, and rugged medical computing devices.


Australian Target Systems (Albury)

ATS designs and integrates live fire target systems for federal and state government agencies including the Navy, Army and Air Force. It was the winner of an inaugural Defence export award at the Premier’s NSW Export Awards last year.


Defence Innovation Network (NSW)

The Defence Innovation Network is a state government sponsored, Defence Science and Technology Group led partnership with seven world class universities across NSW. Its purpose is to facilitate collaboration and innovation in the defence sector.


Global Defence Solutions (South Nowra)

GDS is a solutions and service provider of shelter and tent systems, air conditioning and generation to support the Australian Defence Force, security services and Defence Forces in the South Pacific region.


HunterNet Cooperative (Newcastle)

Hunter Defence is a not-for-profit collaboration between the HunterNet Cooperative and the Hunter Business Chamber and will be showcasing defence capabilities of the Hunter region and promoting collaborations between SMEs and defence primes.


JAR Aerospace (Caringbah)

JAR Aerospace is an Australian aeronautics and aerospace company that focuses on the design, manufacture and systems integrations of unmanned systems.


Jenkins Engineering Defence Systems (Matraville)

JEDS specialises in the design, manufacture and marketing of Electronic Warfare (EW) products including software and the service and support of EW, radar and radio communications systems. JEDS recently won a Defence Innovation Hub grant to explore a cost-effective microwave-band Radar Electronic Support system that provides automated warnings.


Lithgow Arms (Lithgow)

Lithgow Arms is built on over 100 years of weapons expertise at the small arms factory at Lithgow and now designs new Australian weapons for military and civilian markets – along with the LA101 CrossOver, the innovative EF88 rifle is being developed for the Australian Defence Force, while the export F90 version has captured attention around the world.


Rojone (Ingleburn)

A communications company manufacturing a range of interconnect products that include antennas, GPS repeaters, high noise headsets, cable assemblies and harnesses.


Santova Logistics (Alexandria)

Santova will demonstrate its professional service capability in cross border transactions within the defence industry, highlighting its export expertise. Its services include customs and excise, freight forwarding, temporary imports and time-sensitive courier jobs, providing support for the Department of Defence, defence primes, and SMEs.


Thomas Global Systems (Regents Park)

An industry leader in the design, production and support of innovative electronic systems solutions for aerospace and defence applications, Thomas Global will be showcasing its Biocular Image Control Unit (BICU) used in tanks and armoured personnel carriers worldwide.