Susan Close MP
Deputy Premier
Minister for Defence and Space Industries

The first South Australian Aerospace and Information Warfare forum is on in Adelaide today, showcasing the state’s defence industry capabilities and connecting local industry with supply chains.

More than 500 delegates will attend the Adelaide Convention Centre where the state’s aerospace and information warfare sector will be showcased.

Amongst the technology on display will be the Airspeeder, the world’s first electric racing series flying car.

An industry exhibition featuring more than 55 defence businesses, government and academic institutions will showcase the state’s capabilities across aerospace, space and defence innovation.

Government and ADF representatives will present on topics including the ISR precinct at Edinburgh, test and evaluation strategy, industry support, supply chain needs and research and development opportunities.

South Australia is home to some of the nation’s most advanced intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare capabilities.

Local electronic warfare company DEWC Systems which provides sophisticated electronic systems to the ADF, will use the forum to rebrand as Asension in response to increasing demand for information warfare services.

The Malinauskas Government is supporting the local defence industry with skills and education including through the Defence Innovation Partnership’s Collaborative Research Fund which opens again in July.

For more information about the forum is available at


Quotes attributable to Minister for Defence and Space Industries Susan Close

As well as our naval shipbuilding capabilities, information warfare is a key pillar of our defence strategy and growth in the sector is helping to drive South Australian innovation and skills.

Today’s forum provides an important platform for defence industry to come together to explore the latest advancements in the domain and connect with research and supply chain opportunities.

The defence sector is a major contributor to our state’s economy and it’s helping to strengthen our nation’s sovereign information warfare capabilities.

The Malinauskas Government is pleased to support his important industry through investment in education and training so we can create ongoing jobs opportunities within the burgeoning sector here in South Australia.

Published On: June 22nd, 2022