Hunter Defence Conference: Joint Strike Fighter impact in the Hunter

Attracting 180 delegates, the Hunter Defence Conference was an opportunity for SMEs to hear about the impact of the JSF, current Defence opportunities, diversification, innovation and skilling in supporting Defence.

The 2014 HUNTER DEFENCE CONFERENCE, staged as part of the Hunter Innovation Forum on May 21 and 22, was supported by NSW Trade & Investment, HunterNet, Hunter Business Chamber and RDA Hunter.

The conference, attended by 180 delegates, was an excellent opportunity for Defence industry, and in particular SMEs, to hear about the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft’s (Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II) impact on the Hunter Region with presentations by AVM Kym Osley, Head Capability Transition, Air Force on the capability.

Attendees were also provided with updates on current and future Land and Maritime Projects, other regional activities, Defence opportunities, innovation and business improvement workshops.

As in previous years, the event involved carefully selected input from public sector, private sector, government, universities and professional organisations providing attendees current information to help break in and/or sustain their business in the Defence sector.  The particular focus was what local businesses can do to prepare for the F-35 and the likely major impact the new capability will have for our region. The event offered a fantastic opportunity to network amongst key influencers in our region.

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