Hanwha Land Systems Co. and Hanwha Defense Systems Corp., the defense units of South Korea’s Hanwha Group, announced Tuesday that they have joined Land Forces 2018 with a joint booth to tap deeper into the Australian market and to leverage the exhibition as a chance to attract new prospects to their advanced military solutions.
During the international defense fair that runs from Tuesday to Thursday in Adelaide, Australia, the two premiered a prototype of the AS 21 Redback Armored Vehicle at a time when the Australian government is undertaking a project to replace its existing armored vehicle fleet.
Hanwha’s Redback armored vehicle was named after the redback spider, a highly venomous spider widely found in Australia. The companies said the AS 21 Redback armored car that was developed based on the K21 infantry combat vehicle is the next-generation armored vehicle boasting enhanced defense capability and firepower.
They also exhibited various weapon systems including Hanwha Land Systems’ K9 self-propelled howitzers and defense robots, and Hanwha Defense Systems’ K21-105 light tanks and antiaircraft weapons, as well as lithium batteries for submarine propulsion. “Land Forces is an important exhibition that can help us expand our presence in the Australian market,” said an official from Hanwha Defense Systems. “We will work hard to gain trust from the Australian defense ministry by stepping up marketing and introducing reliable and high-performing products.”
By Moon Ji-woong and Choi Mira
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