South Australian defence industry out in force for Indo Pac 2023

South Australia’s world-class defence industry capabilities will be on show at this year’s international maritime exposition, Indo Pacific 2023, which docks in Sydney from 7-9 November.

A record-breaking delegation of South Australian defence industry will turn out for this year’s expo, with more than 80 companies participating on the South Australia – The Defence State stand.

Defence SA Chief Executive Richard Price said this is the largest delegation the agency had hosted at any trade show in its history.

“The demand to join this year’s Defence State delegation surpassed our expectations and reflects the commitment, capability and momentum building across the state’s defence sector,” Mr Price said.

“Events like Indo Pac provide industry with the opportunity to share information and showcase their world-class capabilities and technologies to major partners and key decision makers across the international maritime and naval defence community.”

“We are proud to be leading the state’s largest defence delegation to this year’s Indo Pacific 2023 International Maritime Exposition, opening doors for industry to make important business connections and grow partnership and supply chain opportunities.”

South Australia is spearheading the most transformative industrial endeavour in the nation’s history – the SSN-AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine program. The state is also set to deliver a program of maritime work that includes construction of the Arafura class offshore patrol vessels and Hunter class frigates, Collins class full-cycle docking and life-of-type extensions and the Hobart class destroyer combat system upgrade.

This pipeline of work ensures a continuous naval shipbuilding enterprise that creates jobs, security and economic spin-offs for South Australia for decades to come.

Delivering a precise manufacturing capability

Members of the Axiom Precision Manufacturing team

Members of the Axiom Precision Manufacturing team

As the nation’s naval shipbuilding capital, South Australia is home to a thriving network of defence primes and SMEs. Axiom Precision Manufacturing is among the contingent of local industry geared up to demonstrate their cutting-edge capability on The Defence State stand.

Specialising in electronic hardware design, precision machining and complex mechanical, electro-mechanical and sub-system manufacturing, Axiom has been contributing to defence and space programs since 2007. The company’s current list of projects include supporting Lockheed Martin for the Orion spacecraft program as part of NASA’s missions to the Moon; supplying parts to Boeing for the Apache AH-64E helicopters program and producing the main engine bearings for ASC to support the Collins submarine sustainment.

Axiom General Manager Craig Maynard said attending Indo Pacific provided import