Hanwha Defense has been selected as the final two candidates for Australia's Land 400 Phase 3 project.
The Australian government announced on Sept. 16 that it has selected Hanwha Defense's REDBACK and Germany's Line Metal Defense's Lynx as the final shortlist equipment in its project to acquire future armored tracked vehicles.
Land400 Phase3, the Australian military's project to introduce future-oriented armored tracked vehicles, is the largest in the field of ground equipment to purchase a total of 400 armored vehicles, including eight types of infantry combat armored vehicles and affiliated vehicles. Out of the total project cost of 8 trillion to 12 trillion won, about 5 trillion won is set aside for equipment acquisition alone.
The Australian military is expected to select the final operator in late 2021 after a two-year trial evaluation of the REDBACK and Lynx.
Hanwha Defense's REDBACK armored vehicle is a futuristic armored tracked vehicle that has strengthened its capabilities in defense and firepower based on the K21 infantry fighting armored vehicle development technology already proven in the Korean military and the K9 self-propelled gun's power pack solution.
"With the shortlist selection for this project in Australia, Hanwha Defense has earned recognition in the global market for its technological prowess and its willingness to make preemptive investments in the next-generation armored vehicles," said Lee Sung-soo, CEO of Hanwha Defense.