Hanwha Aerospace Australia (HDA) has secured a $2.4 billion contract with the Australian Department of Defense to deliver 129 Redback infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for the Australian Army.
The company officially announced the contract on December 8.
The Redback was chosen as the preferred model for negotiation as part of the 'LAND 400 Phase 3' military modernization project in July.
The total project value is approximately $7 billion, representing the single largest investment in Army capability to date, with the acquisition and initial support contracts totaling around $4.5 billion.
The ambitious program outlines the domestic production of all 129 vehicles, with deliveries commencing in 2027 and the fleet rollout completing by 2028. The Hanwha Armoured Vehicle Centre of Excellence (H-ACE) facility in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, will be responsible for manufacturing all vehicles.
To meet the specific requirements of the Australian military, HDA incorporated 360-degree external surveillance equipment, anti-tank missile detection and interception systems, reinforced yet lightweight rubber tracks, and special protection functions against anti-tank mines.
The Army's 11th Division Armored Reconnaissance Battalion conducted a 'trial operation' of the Redback, addressing any concerns Australia had.
This contract solidifies Hanwha's presence in Australia, reinforcing ties between the two countries following the AS9 and AS10 Huntsman vehicles procurement under LAND 8116 for the Australian Defence Force.
The Redback deliveries are set to commence in 2027, with the final vehicle scheduled for delivery in late 2028. A series of eight prototype vehicles will also be manufactured in both South Korea and Australia as the program develops, ensuring a seamless evolution of the project.