Elbit Systems wins $600M for Sensors Integration in Australia’s Redback IFVs

Australia has purchased 129 Redback IFVs from Hanwha worth $2.4B
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 04:37 AM, February 27, 2024
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Elbit Systems wins $600M for Sensors Integration in Australia’s Redback IFVs
Redback IFV

Elbit Systems has secured a contract valued at approximately $600 million to provide sensor integration systems for the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) as part of Australia's Land 400 Phase 3 Project.

This contract aims to deliver advanced protection, fighting capabilities and sensors suite to the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) for the Australian Army. The contract will be performed over a period of five years.

Hanwha Aerospace Australia (HDA) had previously clinched a significant $2.4 billion contract with the Australian Department of Defense in December 2023 to supply 129 Redback IFVs for the Australian Army. The Redback emerged as the preferred model during negotiations for the 'LAND 400 Phase 3' military modernization project in July of that year.

The overall project, valued at around $7 billion, stands as the largest single investment in Army capability to date. The comprehensive scope encompasses acquisition and initial support contracts totaling approximately $4.5 billion. The program outlines plans for the domestic production of all 129 vehicles, with deliveries scheduled to commence in 2027 and the fleet rollout expected to conclude by 2028. Additionally, eight prototype vehicles will be manufactured in both South Korea and Australia.

In response to the specific requirements of the Australian military, HDA has incorporated various enhancements into the Redback IFVs. These include 360-degree external surveillance equipment, anti-tank missile detection and interception systems, reinforced yet lightweight rubber tracks, and specialized protection functions against anti-tank mines.

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