Malaysia turns to Australia to build defence capabilities

26 Apr 2019

The Malaysian Government and industry are actively seeking partnerships with Australian defence companies to build their maritime and aerospace capabilities.

This was one of the takeaway messages for the 14 Australian defence companies that showcased their products, technologies and services as part of the Team Defence Australia (TDA)-led delegation to the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA ‘19) in Malaysia in March.

Sitting within the Australian Defence Export Office, TDA is the premier national platform for export-capable Australian defence and dual-use companies to showcase their products, services and technologies at international trade events.

‘Malaysia is increasingly looking to foreign suppliers to assist in building its know-how and capability in the maritime and aerospace sectors. The Australian defence industry also offers a range of world-class capabilities in priority areas for Malaysia, such as C4ISR, cyber security and autonomous systems,’ said Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur, Daniel Havas.

‘There was strong interest in the TDA stand throughout the trade show with a number of serious leads generated. The Malaysian Minister of Defence, Mohamad Sabu, made a special visit to the stand to speak to our companies and receive demonstrations of specific technology and capability,’ said Havas.

At LIMA ‘19, Austrade facilitated extensive business-to-business meetings for delegates with major Malaysian defence companies. Delegates showcased diverse solutions, from large-scale hardware and ships, to high-precision surveillance technologies and drone detection and jamming solutions.

‘Malaysia is continually looking to modernise and grow its defence capability,’ Havas said. ‘This presents an opportunity for more Australian defence companies to enter the Malaysian market.’

On the first day of LIMA ‘19, TDA delegates received information on the longstanding Australia–Malaysia bilateral defence relationship, Malaysian defence spending, and insights into doing business in Malaysia. On day two, TDA hosted a networking reception for Australian companies, foreign military delegations, and Malaysian and international customers.

Many of the TDA delegates have been active in Malaysia for many years, while other companies used the trade show as an opportunity to test the waters of the Malaysian defence market.

Read the Malaysian market profile or contact Austrade for more information on business opportunities in Malaysia’s defence market.

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