The AVALON 2023 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition is a biennial event held in Geelong, Victoria, Australia that features a wide range of aircraft and aerospace technologies. In 2019, the event attracted nearly 40,000 industry professionals from the public and private sector, with over 700 participating companies. Over 350 aircraft were on display in the air and on the ground. The Exposition will be held from 28thFebruary to 5th March 2023.

Major Exhibitors


The 2023 iteration of the AVALON Aerospace & Defence Exposition is expected to be the largest in its history. Major industry sponsors and exhibitors include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics, Thales, Airbus and BAE Systems. The event is supported by the Government of Australia and the State of Victoria.

Why Australia for Aerospace & Defence?


  • Australia has a ten-year US$190 billion defense acquisition plan looking forward to FY 2029-30.
  • Annual total defense expenditure is of the order of US$25–30 billion and growing. Defense acquisition and sustainment is a large part of this figure.
  • Australia and the United States share a unique, high-level and technology-focused military relationship, recently reinforced by the AUKUS tri-lateral security pact.
  • Australia continues to demonstrate an interest in new American weapons and military hardware. American defense prime contractors are well regarded by the Department of Defence and frequently win large defense tenders published by the Australian Government.
  • The United States and Australia will significantly enhance their strategic cooperation including basing more military personnel, equipment, aircraft and naval assets in Australia. This includes the B2 Stealth Bomber and nuclear submarines.

Benefits for international Companies

There are several potential benefits for US companies in attending the AVALON International Airshow, including networking, marketing and exposure, business intelligence gathering, capability demonstration and general business development.


Foley’s participation and Meeting Opportunities for Aus companies

Foley will be the at show running business matching programs for US delegations from Maryland and Washington State – see the opportunities section for companies we are assisting and meeting opportunities and contact Jenny, Chris or Declan for more details.