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Australia-Italy Defence Industry MoU signed aboard frigate in Sydney Harbour

Last night, on board the European Multi-Mission Frigate Carabiniere of the Italian navy, docked in Sydney Harbour, two Memoranda of Understanding were signed between the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defence & Security (AIAD), the Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN), and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).

The Italian Minister of Defense, Sen. Roberta Pinotti, the President of AIAD, Hon. Guido Crosetto, the President of AIDN, Mr Alan Rankins, and the Head of Influence and Policy at Ai Group, Dr Peter Burn, confirmed their commitment to collaborate in activities of common interest in both Italy and Australia.

This MoU further advances the existing collaborative relationship between the two countries and supports the previously signed national MoUs covering science and technology cooperation, defence materiel, defence industry and trade cooperation. It will also provide a platform for University and research institutions to engage with the industrial sector.

The Australian Government's commitment to increased investment in a range of programs, such as the Future Frigate Program for the Royal Australian Navy, offers considerable scope for building on its growing relationship with the Italian defence industry.

AIAD includes almost all the national enterprises that operate with advanced technology in the design, production, research and services activities for the civil and military aerospace, military navy and army sectors along with all the related electronic and security systems connected to these sectors.

AIDN is the peak industry association for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) wishing to do business in the defence and security sectors. It represents the interests of Australian SMEs in the defence and security industry sectors by advocacy, representation and member services.

Ai Group is a peak industry association in Australia which represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses in an expanding range of sectors including manufacturing, engineering, defence, construction, food, transport, labour hire, information technology, telecommunications and mining services. The businesses Ai Group represents employ more than 1 million people.

Media Enquiries (Ai Group): Tony Melville – 0419 190 347