Services of North Queensland has reached agreement with Hanwha Defense Australia for a major fabrication package of work on the Hanwha Redback Infantry Fighting vehicle should it be selected by Australia. The Redback is under consideration in an ongoing tender process for Project Land 400 Phase 3, which is an $18 billion to $27 billion project tasked to acquire up to 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles for the Australian Defence Force. 

“It’s great to have such a strong regionally based Australian company like TEi Services involved with Team Redback,” said Richard Cho, Managing Director of Hanwha Defense Australia. “We were introduced to TEi during the Commonwealth’s Land 400 Phase 3 Australian Industry Capability roadshow in 2020 and were immediately taken with the ‘can-do’ attitude of their people. This view was reinforced during a visit to TEi by representatives of Hanwha Defense Corporation from Korea in 2021 who came away impressed by the scale of the TEi operation and the processes they have in place.” 

TEi’s role in Team Redback consists of a major fabrication package across the entire Redback family of vehicles that encompasses a variety of ramps, doors and hatches. The work package is worth $15 million and will create 44 jobs within TEi. 

“TEi is extremely happy to be working with Hanwha as part of Team Redback,” said Adam Packer, Business Development Manager of TEI Services. “We have a great deal of fabrication experience and we are really looking forward to working with Hanwha on components for their military vehicle programs. I see this as a great opportunity both for TEi and for our region. We already have a highly skilled workforce, but I welcome the chance to expand our team and pass on those skills to new people. I think TEi and Townsville can only benefit from the investment and job creation this work from Hanwha will bring should they be successful,” Packer said.

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