Sydney confirmed as location for MAST 2020

Tue 29 Nov 2016 @ 2:21


The soon to be opened ICC at Darling Harbour, Sydney has been confirmed as host for the 2020 edition of MAST: “MAST Asia-Pacific 2020”.

Working closely with various government authorities, not least DSTG (Defence Science and Technology Group), conference planning will start earlier than usual to embrace the many opportunities and benefits of interfacing with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational curriculum.

The trade-show is expected to be boosted by its timely coincidence with current and future naval/air procurement programmes in which many of the major exhibitors in next year’s MAST Asia, as well as upcoming MAST Europe and MAST Into-Asia events, are participating/competing.

Of historical note is that 2020 represents the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cook’s landing at Botany Bay, founding the east coast of Australia and naming it New South Wales.

Photo shows Dr Jim Smelt (DSTG), Warren Edge (MAST), Honorable Stuart Ayres (NSW Government Minister for Trade, Tourism & Major Events & Minister)


Join the France Country Pavilion at MAST Asia 2017

Mon 21 Nov 2016 @ 10:31

French companies wishing to join their Country Pavilion at MAST Asia 2017 are reminded that they should contact [email protected] (email updated from past eNews).

GICAN (Groupement des Industries de Construction et Activités Navales) are spearheading the pavilion, aiming to raise the profile of French defence contractors at Japan’s only international defence trade-show to this growing market.


Japanese sponsor/industry briefing – sign up now!

Mon 21 Nov 2016 @ 10:30

Japanese (and Japan-based) companies considering sponsoring/exhibiting at MAST Asia 2017 should sign up for next week’s event now.

The briefing will take place:

Refreshments provided directly afterwards will give attendees additional networking time.

Registration requests should be addressed to Mr Funabahi, email [email protected].

Places are strictly limited.


MAST Asia 2017 Call for Papers OPEN!

Thu 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:42

If you want to showcase defence solutions to the top operators and buyers in Japan (and Asia-Pacific), you need to present (or sponsor/exhibit) at Japan’s only international defence trade-show and conference – MAST (Maritime/Air Systems & Technologies).

Authors have until Wednesday 1st February 2017 to upload abstract(s), but please don’t wait! Last year’s conference was well oversubscribed and the Technical Conference Committee, appreciating time to fully read and review abstracts, may need to prioritise those papers uploaded earliest.


Thales back on board for MAST

Thu 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:41

Thales’ VP marketing Defense Mission Systems, Guy Bonassi has confirmed that the World Top Ten defence contractor will "take more of a lead role” at future MASTs, starting with securing “Gold Plus sponsorship” at MAST Asia 2017 trade-show/conference, increased representation on the Technical Conference Committee, and assisting MAST organisers to select and evaluate prospective future venues for MAST and potentially other spin-off ‘niche’ events.

As with many of the exhibitors in next year’s event, Thales have long been present in Japan (45 years), and gained many customers and partners there, including past MAST Asia exhibitors such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Hitachi.


Leading missiles/systems manufacturer joins MAST Asia as a Silver sponsor

Thu 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:40

Sea CeptorFor the first time since MAST Europe in Genoa, Italy in 2007, visitors to next year’s event can discuss their missile/systems requirements with executives from MBDA, the only European group capable of designing and producing missiles/missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of land, sea, and air forces.

MBDA has just been awarded a £100M Demonstration and Manufacture contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the Sea Ceptor air defence system (pictured) for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN) new Type 26 class frigate, Global Combat Ship (GCS), providing the principal air defence of the T26 and nearby ships against advanced airborne threats including sea-skimming anti-ship missiles, fast jets, helicopters, and UAVS.

Earlier this year MBDA was awarded a £184M production contract for the supply of the ASRAAM (highly capable infra-red (IR) guided air-to-air missile) to equip the UK’s F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet (produced by MAST Asia Platinum sponsor, Lockheed Martin).


A French show of force at MAST Asia 2017

Thu 3 Nov 2016 @ 18:21

Following last week’s confirmation by Thales to again take a more prominent role in MAST trade-shows/conferences (starting with Gold Plus sponsorship in next year's Japan-based event), CNIM (Constructions Industrielles de la Méditerranée) have confirmed participation as an exhibitor.

MAST’s organiser is working with GICAN (Groupement des Industries de Construction et Activités Navales) to establish a France Pavilion within the second biennial MAST Asia (2017) – Japan’s only international defence trade-show – to support French SMEs with a presence at the heart of this unique and widening Asian defence market.

Companies interested in participating within the France Pavilion should express their interest by email to [email protected].

The France Pavilion will complement other country pavilions planned for Australia, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, UK, and USA.