The South Korean multinational defence and security company Hanwha Defence Co. rolled out on Friday 2 infantry fighting vehicle prototypes, the vehicles belong to the Redback vehicles family.
The South Korean Defence manufacturer held a roll out ceremony for its Redback infantry fighting vehicle at the Changwon plant on 24 July. Last September, the Redback was selected as one of the final two candidates for Australia's 5 trillion won fighting vehicle project.
The vehicle, based on the Hanwha's K21 fighting vehicles and K9 self-propelled artillery technology, will go through local testing and evaluations in Australia in October. / Courtesy of Hanwha Defence
According to The Korea Herald, South Korea will be delivering three prototypes to Australia as part of an offer for a project worth $4.6 billion to purchase infantry fighting vehicles. One of these three trial products is set be sent in August, the two others later this year.
The Redback IFV is a futuristic tracked armoured vehicle based on Hanwha’s comprehensive capability accrued from the development of the indigenous K21 IFV and the power-pack solution of the K9 self-propelled howitzer. Both systems have been deployed with the South Korean Army and Marine Corps to play a key role in battlefield operations.