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AUSA is the largest land power exposition and professional development forum in North America. The show consists of informative presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops and important business meetings.
Air Radiators was honored to join 15 other Australian based companies participating in the Australian pavilion. Organized by the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC, the Australian pavilion was one of 9 international pavilions exhibiting at the show. In addition to the representatives of each company, the booth was manned by staff from the Australian Embassy with assistance from Brigadier Barry Neil McManus, AM, CSC. Brigadier McManus has a long distinguished career in the Australian Army, including a recent appointment as Military Attaché. He is responsible to Chief of Army and Head of the Australian Defense Staff Washington for Army to US Army, US Marine Corps, US Joint Agencies and Canadian Army relationships including capability and doctrine development, personnel and training exchanges and operational engagement. Brigadier McManus assisted in introducing the exhibiting companies to key personnel in the US and Australian militaries’.
Preliminary estimates have over 30,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors covering 300,000 square feet of exhibit space. With enlisted and officers representing over 9 international corps, this is considered one of the largest gatherings of military personnel and equipment.
It was a busy and informative 3 days of introductions and meetings with various OE manufacturers and suppliers to the various military departments. One of our highlights was an introduction to Major General Fergus McLachlan, Head of Modernisation and Strategic Planning for the Australian Army. One of his commands included the 1st Armoured Regiment, Australia’s only tank unit. While visiting our booth he immediately went to our cooling package displayed and commented, “I will be one of few people at this show that want to touch and feel the core of the radiator”, and then proceeded to rub the core face.
Great information was obtained at this show that will be utilized to determine a growth pattern for Air Radiators in the defense market. We look forward to participating in future AUSA trade events.