In Australia’s land forces modernisation procurement project, the Redback infantry fighting vehicle from South Korean manufacturer Hanwha has won over Rheinmetall’s Lynx infantry fighting vehicle. Both had been undergoing trials since 2021. In total, Australia wants to procure 129 new infantry fighting vehicles.
” At a cost of between $5 billion and $7 billion, the LAND 400 Phase 3 project will be one of the largest capability acquisitions in Army’s history,” the Australian Department of Defence reports. ” Replacing the M113 armoured personnel carriers, which were acquired in 1964, the first Redback will be delivered in early 2027. With its latest-generation armour, cannon and missiles, they will provide the protection, mobility and firepower required to transport and protect soldiers in close combat, giving them the highest chance of achieving their mission and returning safely.”
The Australian government did not disclose the criteria in favour of Redback and against Lynx. It is interesting to note, however, that the first infantry fighting vehicles are now scheduled to enter service in 2027, two years earlier than planned. This is despite the fact that decision for Redback was made one year after the original schedule. The first final production vehicle is to enter service in 2028. The Redbacks are thus to be delivered to Australia around the same time as the new HIMARS missile systems and landing craft, giving the army an additional focus on near-shore operations.
Dorothee Frank, Head of editorial team