Good News for the Israeli Defense Industries: Australia to Purchase 129 Redback IFVs

The Redback has many Israeli systems: Rafael's Spike missile launchers; Elbit's Iron Fist active protection system as well as a turret and Electro-optics devices; and Plasan's armor protection

Good News for the Israeli Defense Industries: Australia to Purchase 129 Redback IFVs

The Australian government has signed an agreement with the South Korean company Hanwha Defense to manufacture and supply 129 RedBack infantry fighting vehicles worth about $2.6 billion to the Australian army. The production of the IFVs will be done in Australia and the supply to the army will take place in 2027-28.

In July, South Korea’s Hanwa Defense won the Australian Army's future APC tender – the LAND 400 program, which will produce and supply the Australian Army with 129 Redback APCs. The South Korean company won this tender over the German company Rheinmetall's KF-41 Lynx APC when originally the intention was to create and supply 450 APCs. Still, the number was dramatically cut about a year and a half ago as a result of a change in the army's priorities and budget problems.

From the Israeli perspective, what is special about this APC is the wealth of Israeli systems installed in it: Rafael's Spike anti-tank missile launchers; Elbit's Iron Fist" active protection system, MT30 Mk2 turret, and Electro-optics devices; and Plasan's armor protection.

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