Australia Buys 129 South Korean Infantry Fighting Vehicles in $2.4B Deal

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Australia Buys 129 South Korean Infantry Fighting Vehicles in $2.4B Deal

Australia has recently granted a $2.4 billion contract to Hanwha Defence Australia for the production and support of 129 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV), marking a significant investment in the capabilities of the Australian Army. This deal, recognized as the largest of its kind, encompasses the delivery of IFVs along with training and support system components.

All 129 IFVs are set to be manufactured within Australia, with the delivery schedule spanning from 2027 to 2028. Hanwha Aerospace, a subsidiary of Hanwha, considers this contract a "historic milestone," as it signifies the first instance of a South Korean defense company successfully developing defense solutions for the Australian Army.

Jae-il Son, President and CEO of Hanwha Aerospace, expressed satisfaction with the placement of the Redback IFV contract, emphasizing its role in delivering a world-leading capability. He noted the contract contribution to strengthening Hanwha presence in Australia, building upon previous projects such as the AS9 and AS10 Huntsman vehicles under LAND 8116 for the Australian Defence Force.

The Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle, riding on rubber tracks to minimize noise and vibration, boasts advanced situational awareness systems akin to those found on jet fighters. This technology provides infantry soldiers with a crucial protective advantage on the battlefield. The vehicle sophisticated layered protection system, featuring advanced armor and an active protection system, ensures superior blast protection.

Hanwha Defence Australia will undertake the manufacturing of the Australian Redback IFVs at its Hanwha Armoured Vehicle Centre of Excellence, scheduled to open in Victoria in the third quarter of 2024. This facility, initially established as part of the Land 8116 Phase 1 Protected Mobile Fires Program for the production of Huntsman AS9 self-propelled howitzers and AS10 armored ammunition resupply vehicles, will undergo expansion to accommodate the Redback in Australia program.

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