The government has signed contracts with Korean-parented Hanwha Defense Australia to deliver and support 129 locally built Redback infantry fighting vehicles for the Australian Army.
FILE PHOTO: Hanwha Redback, chosen as The Australian Army’s new infantry fighting vehicle. Image supplied.
While this fleet size of 129 vehicles was reduced from Army’s tendered 450 vehicles by the Albanese Government, the cost of the total value of project is an eye-watering $7 billion dollars – representing the single largest Army contract to date.
Redback infantry fighting vehicles will be built at Hanwha Defense Australia’s state-of-the-art facility in Avalon, Victoria.
The first vehicles are scheduled to be delivered in 2027, with the final vehicle set to be delivered in late 2028.
The infantry fighting vehicles will be delivered at around the same time as the new HIMARS missile systems and Army Landing Craft – reflecting the Defence Strategic Review’s call for Army to be transformed for littoral manoeuvre operations from Australia.
Aside from training vehicles, the IFV fleet will be entirely operated by the 3rd Armoured Combat Brigade in Townsville.
Minister for Defence Richard Marles said this was an important project for the Australian Army.
“This is a significant investment that will properly equip the Army so it can keep Australians safe,” Mr Marles said.