Australian International Airshow At Avalon 1-6 March 2011

Australian International Airshow At Avalon 1-6 March 2011

Victoria Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva

International Conference Puts Victoria At The Cutting Edge

Victor P Taffa

Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Minister Richard Dalla-Riva yesterday launched the inaugural Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, Australia conference, which is being held in association with the 2011 Australian International Airshow.

Mr. Dalla-Riva said Victoria has established itself as a global leader in autonomous and unmanned systems.

“Autonomous and unmanned systems represent the next major growth area and offer great opportunities for leading-edge companies in the global aerospace and defence sectors.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.

“The global market for military and civil autonomous and unmanned systems is estimated to be worth $100 Billion over the next decade, with applications in sectors ranging from defence to forestry, mining and fire fighting.”

Australia’s Army and Air Force have unmanned aerial vehicles deployed in Afghanistan providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance network capability.

The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, Australia (AUVS-A) conference is considering the theme Future Capabilities for Unmanned Systems in Australia: Military and Civil and has attracted interstate and international delegates for three days of activities based around the Australian International Airshow held at Avalon from 1st to 6th of March 2011.

Mr. Dalla-Riva said this year’s Airshow is the first to feature a dedicated demonstration facility for unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles and intelligent surveillance reconnaissance systems.

“These are exciting developments and Victoria is playing a leading role developing world class capabilities in this vital area.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.

“Victoria has Australia’s strongest defence and aerospace sector and the Victorian Government is actively working with the industry to promote growth, particularly in global supply chains.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.

The AUVS-A was formed in 2009 to promote the development and use of unmanned vehicle systems in Australia for civil and military applications in air, land and maritime environments. It now has around 100 members and is affiliated with the US-based Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, International, which is the world’s largest unmanned systems organisation.