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Elbit Systems Awarded $600 Million Contract to Supply Systems for AS-21 Redback IFV

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Elbit Systems Awarded $600 Million Contract to Supply Systems for AS-21 Redback IFV

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Hanwha Aerospace Awarded $2.4 Billion Contract for 129 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicles
Hanwha Aerospace Awarded $2.4 Billion Contract for 129 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicles

Elbit Systems Ltd. , announced today, following its announcement from August 16, 2023, that it was awarded a contract worth approximately $600 million to supply systems to Hanwha Defense Australia for the Australian Land 400 Phase 3 Project. The Australian designed EOS (Electro Optic Systems) T-2000 turret based on the Elbit Systems MT30 Mk 2 features an ATK Mark 44S Bushmaster II 30mm auto cannon, fitted with a two round Rafael Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, a EOS R400 Remote Weapons Station (RWS) and a coaxial mounted MAG58 7.62mm machinegun. This project aims to deliver advanced protection, fighting capabilities and sensors suite to the AS-21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) for the Australian Army. The contract will be performed over a period of five years. The Redback is equipped with the Elbit Iron Fist active protection system (APS) and an Elbit IronVision system that provides the crew with a 360 degree view.

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, President and CEO of Elbit Systems: “This milestone reaffirms our commitment to delivering advanced, mission-critical solutions to the Australian Army. Elbit Systems is dedicated to supplying cutting-edge defense technologies that will safeguard troops on the modern battlefield.”

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anwha AS-21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV)
Hanwha AS-21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). (Photo by Hanwha Defense Australia)

The AS-21 Redback IFV is an advanced infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) proposed by South Korean firm Hanwha Defense for the Australian Army. The IFV will provide superior mobility and complete protection against ballistic, mine and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats. The AS-21 Redback IFV is an advanced version of the K21 IFV, which is in service with the South Korean Army (ROK Army). The infantry fighting vehicle is designed to provide improved protection and high mobility, while providing superior crew comfort. It will be integrated with a proven digital battle management system (BMS). The combat weight of the vehicle will be 42t. The armoured vehicle will be manned by three crew members including driver, commander and gunner, while its rear compartment will be capable of accommodating eight dismounted troops.

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios, cyber-based systems and munitions. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

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