Strengthening defence industry links with Singapore

  • Visit to promote defence science and industry collaboration between Singapore and Western Australia
  • Minister met with Singaporean Defence Minister and defence industry
  • WA industry ready to make valuable contribution to Singapore’s defence capability
  • Invitation extended to inaugural Indo-Pacific Defence Conference in Perth

Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia today urged representatives from 20 leading Singaporean defence companies to consider joint projects with Western Australian industry.

At a meeting in Singapore, local representatives were presented with copies of the WA Defence Industry Capability Directory which lists more than 100 Western Australian companies with advanced capabilities in defence related technology and manufacturing.

The directory also provides information on defence related capabilities at WA universities and vocational training providers.

The Minister encouraged the business representatives to review the directory for opportunities for collaboration or partnerships with WA industry, universities and vocational training providers.

The Singaporean companies were also invited to the Indo-Pacific Defence Conference in Perth on October 30.

The inaugural conference will build on WA’s strategic economic and locational links, promote its defence industry sector, and its potential for a greater contribution to national and regional defence and security matters.

The Minister also met with Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Minister of State for Defence to discuss opportunities for strengthening collaboration between Singapore and Western Australia in defence science and technology.

As stated by Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:

“Singapore’s defence supply sector is recognised as being a global leader. The government’s annual defence spend, worth more than A$13 billion, has a strong emphasis on advanced technology – including remotely operated equipment and robotics.

“These are particular strengths for Western Australia with many businesses as well as our universities and vocational training providers supporting our world-class resources industries and marine sectors, as well as supplying the needs of Australia’s defence forces.

“I outlined to the companies the many opportunities for co-operation between Singapore and Western Australia in the defence sector.”

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