The 2023 Australian International Airshow & Aerospace and Defence Exposition (AVALON 2023) will open its gates on Tuesday as the largest AVALON ever, with exhibition space sold out for the first time in the biennial event’s 30-year history.
AVALON 2023 will host 798 participating exhibitor companies, a 14 per cent increase over the 2019 event, and nearly 50 per cent more industry, government, defence and scientific delegations, at 234.
This will include 22 Service Chiefs, 14 Representatives, 11 US Dignitaries, three Space Commanders and six National Armament Directors. In all, more than 40 nations will be represented at AVALON 2023.
The exposition will combine an international industry exhibition with a program of around 59 conferences covering aspects of aviation, aerospace, space and defence. They will include major themes on the development of Australia’s space industry, the rise of Advanced Air Mobility transport and developments in sustainable aviation.
Speaking at Friday’s media preview day, Royal Australian Air Force Air Commodore Scott Winchester, Director General Australian International Airshow, said AVALON 2023 was all about engagement.
“It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate to the Australian public, defence industry and other senior leaders from around the world, our fifth generation leading technology and also to discuss what’s around the corner, what our emerging technologies are and to see the art of the possible,” he said.
“And this is where this airshow is so critical, to provide that environment to get that collaboration together across the entire enterprise.”
Justin Giddings, CEO of AVALON 2023 organiser AMDA Foundation, said AVALON 2023’s success reflected a buoyant Australian industry.
“AVALON is a platform for engagement between industry, government, defence and the civil aviation, aerospace and space communities,” he said.
“The success of AVALON 2023 reflects a buoyant industry that is looking to the future capability needs of the Australian Defence Force and civil aerospace and space customers. Industry is demonstrating that it can fulfil those needs from within Australia, sustaining a sovereign capability that contributes to both the security and national economy of all Australians.”
“We welcome both the Australian community and our international visitors to AVALON 2023. We look forward to a week that will highlight Australian companies to potential local and overseas customers and partners.”