Hanwha To Showcase Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle At BSDA 2024 That Australia Approved For Its Military

  • Hanwha Aerospace is to present a range of advanced defense capabilities at BSDA 2024 in Romania on 22nd-24th May.
  • The Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle will be showcased, offering emerging opportunities to collaborate with the Romanian Industry.
  • Hanwha Aerospace is set to launch the ‘Team Tunet’ partnership with Romanian industries for the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer program in Romania.
  • Hanwha Aerospace offers to build facilities in Romania for the production and maintenance of combat vehicles, enhancing the Romanian sovereign defense capability as well as growing the local industrial base.

Hanwha Aerospace, South Korea’s leading aerospace and defense corporation, will join the Black Sea Defense & Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 Exhibition and Conference to be held at the ROMAERO Complex in Bucharest, Romania, from 22nd-24th May.

This is the first time that Hanwha Aerospace will be participating in the prestigious defense fair in the Black Sea region, representing the company’s ambitious initiatives to build and expand partnerships with Romania and neighboring countries.

In the exhibition, Hanwha Aerospace will display a range of advanced capabilities concentrating on combat vehicles and precision-guided weapons.

The Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) will take center stage. The vehicle offers a range of innovative technologies and meets the requirements of Romania’s military modernization plans.

“With its adaptability and growth potential, the Redback is the world’s most sophisticated IFV featuring best-in-class armored protection, mobility, and lethality,” said Billy Boohwan Lee, Head of Hanwha Aerospace Europe. “Besides capabilities, the Redback IFV solution is expected to help bring a massive manufacturing capability to the Romanian market through active industrial partnerships.”

Based on the South Korean Army’s K21 IFV, the Redback was developed to feature state-of-the-art technologies and capabilities, including In-arm suspension units, a composite rubber track, a hard-kill active protection system, and a see-through helmet-mounted situational awareness display.

In 2023, Australia selected the Redback for the LAND 400 Phase 3 program to deliver 129 IFVs, with extensive involvement of Australian supply chains. The Redback is also considered a baseline for the South Korean Army’s next-generation IFV development.

The K9 Thunder Self-Propelled Howitzer will also be on display to highlight the equipment’s globally proven capabilities. The 155mm/52-calibre tracked howitzer has been adopted by nine countries, including five NATO member states: Poland, Norway, Estonia, Finland, and Türkiye.

South Korea’s Redback IFV: Twitter

For the K9 program in Romania, Hanwha Aerospace has formed ‘Team Tunet’ involving Romanian supply chains. This represents the company’s strong commitment to maximizing economic benefits to the Romanian industry through industrial partnerships.

“As a trusted partner for Romania, Hanwha Aerospace is fully committed to delivering the best quality products and services to support Romania’s military modernization plans,” said Jae Il Son, CEO and President of Hanwha Aerospace. “In addition, we’re dedicated to coming up with plans contributing to the Romanian industry and economy, such as local manufacturing, employment, technology transfer, joint R&D and export marketing.”   

Other products to be presented at BSDA include the K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicle, the Chunmoo Multiple Rocket Launcher System, and the Chungum (TAipers) tactical guided missile for both manned and unmanned vehicles.

About Hanwha Aerospace

Founded in 1977, Hanwha Aerospace is a global aerospace and defense company offering a broad portfolio of world-class products and services. These include land combat vehicles such as the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer, Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and K239 Chunmoo Multiple Rocket Launcher System. The company also produces precision-guided munitions and engines for air, space, and sea platforms.

As the systems integrator of South Korea’s space launch vehicles, Hanwha Aerospace is spearheading the country’s space projects.

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