American Aerospace and Defense Shines in Singapore

Today, aviation enthusiasts and industry partners alike converge in Singapore for the 2018 Singapore Airshow, touted as “Asia’s largest aerospace and defence event.” Set along the water and housed in the Changi Exhibition Centre, aerospace and defense companies from around the world will showcase their platforms.

Months prior to today’s first flyover though, AIA was laying the framework to advance the U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) industry’s priorities in Southeast Asia. A trusted partner for both government and industry, AIA plays a unique role at international air shows, supporting the U.S. military aircraft presence while also hosting the Signature Series Roundtables, stimulating important conversations between senior government and industry leaders on the issues that matter for American leadership in global trade.

“The U.S. aerospace and defense industry is a critical component of our nation’s and the world’s economy, supporting more than 2.4 million jobs and generating $146 billion in exports in 2016,” said AIA’s Chief Operating Officer, Bob Durbin. “Globally, American products represent the gold standard for quality and reliability, which is why it is so important for every part of our industry and supply chain to participate in international forums like the Singapore Airshow.”

A&D exports accounted for 17% of U.S. exports to Singapore in 2016, contributing a combined $49.5 billion in American aerospace and defense exports to the larger Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

American industry represents the largest international presence on-site with more than 170 exhibitors claiming nearly 30% of the show’s total 40,000 sqm of indoor exhibit space, plus a wide range of military and civil aircraft in static and flying displays. Inside the exhibition hall, 111 American exhibitors, including 65 showing for the first time, representing 23 state governments, a well as a cross-section of industry, will reside in Kallman Worldwide, Inc.’s USA Partnership Pavilion.

“The strong American presence at the Singapore Airshow reflects our industry’s commitment to our foreign partners, and to maintaining our role as the world leader in aerospace and defense exports,” Durbin said.

Advancing policies that extend economic and security cooperation efforts remains a central goal of AIA’s Singapore Air Show work as well. Through the Signature Series Roundtable events, AIA leadership has convened discussions between top industry representatives and senior government leaders from across the interagency, including the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and State, to identify opportunities for advancing cooperation and innovation.

Over the course of the Singapore Air Show, and featured at air shows across the globe, AIA continues to advocate and promote for the American aerospace and defense industry, showcasing the strength, security, and prosperity that only our industry can deliver.