Korean defence conglomerate Hanwa Defence is showcasing a new generation Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) called ‘Redback’. The new IFV was recently shortlisted by the Australian military as one of the contenders for the Land 400 Phase 3 Programme, which seeks to deliver up to 450 IFVs and 17 sup- port vehicles from 2024/25 onwards. Rheinmetall Defence with the Lynx41 is the other platform competing against the Redback.
South Korea also has a requirement for a new IFV, though its timelines are not aligned to the Australian requirement. The two selected now proceed to the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) stage. The shortlisted vehicles will undergo a rigorous testing and evaluation phase, which will conclude in 2021. A full contract award is expected in 2022.
Redback is fitted with a 30 mm cannon for which Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has teamed exclusively with Hanwha Defence Australia (Hanwha) as prime contractor to offer EOS’ T2000 turret on the Redback. Other armament includes, Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), 12.7 mm Remote Weapons System (RWS)and 7.62 mm machine gun.
The Redback, will have a crew three and be able to carry eight infantry soldiers. It has a combat weight of 42 tonnes and a maximum speed of 65 kmph. Cruising range is said to be 530 km.
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