The Redback infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), developed by Hanwha Defense, showcased its high-performance manoeuvrability during a media invitation event recently and has drawn interest from international buyers, according to a report in the Korea Times. The Redback is one of the two final candidates for the Australian Army’s LAND 400 Phase 3 project.
The event took place at the end of the Korean Army’s six-week-long trial of the next-generation IFV. The trial followed the Redback’s successful performance in tests and evaluations last year under the Australian Risk Mitigation Activity, so as to select the preferred bidder for its IFV program.
During the event at a Korean Army unit, the tracked armoured vehicle impressed the audience by demonstrating its off-road manoeuvrability through an obstacle course, including a ramp and a muddy puddle of water. The vehicle also performed its pivot steer, turret rotation and troop dismounting.
“The reliability and sophisticated technology of the Redback IFV has been proved during the latest Korean Army trial run of the vehicle, which is expected to be a strong basis for the Redback’s international sales and marketing,” said Army Brig. Gen. Cho Hyun-ki, head of the DAPA’s Manoeuvre Program Department. Cho said the South Korean Army was considering acquiring a Korean version of the Redback meeting the Army’s operational concept and capable of featuring technology and performance required by the service, under a fast-track research and development program. “With this approach, the Korean Army will be able to deploy next-generation IFVs earlier than scheduled, which will contribute to improving the service’s capability to deploy and sustain armed forces.”