AKBC member Hanwha Defense Australia will send two prototypes of their state of the art infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the Redback, to Melbourne for testing by the Australian Army. The Redback is one of two contenders for the A$10-15 billion Land 400 Phase 3 project to modernise Australia’s mounted close combat operations. The Redback is a next-generation IFV with “unmatched strength in defence capabilities and mobility” including advanced weaponry systems, capacity to carry 11 personnel and a maximum speed of 65 km/h. If successful, 450 Redbacks will replace the army’s current IFVs, which have been in service since the mid-1960s, and represent Korea’s first major export of critical military equipment.
Hanwha’s tender will also deepen defence collaboration between Australia and Korea. During the Australian Industry Capability Roadshow, 400 Australian companies delivered pitches on how they can support Hanwha’s supply chains to produce the Redback. Further, Hanwha plans to establish a base in Geelong to manufacture the IFV, creating jobs and enhancing Australia’s advanced manufacturing capabilities.
The successful IFV will be announced in 2022.
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