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Highlighting Tasmania’s defence capabilities

Will Hodgman, Premier
Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries

The international spotlight is on Tasmania’s capabilities to supply the world’s defence forces, with a high-level delegation of US defence companies attending a Defence Tasmania Forum in Hobart today.

Led by US Consul General Michael F. Kleine, and supported by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), the delegation includes representatives of eight major defence related companies: Sikorsky, Pacific Aerospace, 3M, Northrop Grumman, Broadspectrum, BAE Systems, Leidos and GE.

Our Tasmanian Defence Industry Strategy 2023 recognises the value in becoming trusted partners of our key allies, of which the US is our biggest, and these major defence contracting companies have come to see first-hand what Tasmanian companies can do for them.

With the reputation and size of Tasmania’s defence supply industry growing, and with major defence firms like these taking an interest in our high-quality niche products and innovative solutions, there is significant growth room for our local advanced manufacturing industries.

This week’s delegation also builds momentum toward our Tasmanian US trade and investment mission planned for early 2020, which will present significant opportunities for Tasmanian businesses to grow their sales with a major international trading partner.

EOIs from interested Tasmanian businesses to participate in the USA Trade Mission close on Friday 13 December 2019.