The South Korean military has begun operational tests of its new Redback infantry vehicle, which features systems from Israeli defense equipment company Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: ESLT; TASE:ESLT) and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., prior to the sale. In April, the South Korean military will begin tests of the first Redback infantry vehicles, built by Korea’s Defense Forces.
According to a Hanwha Defense announcement, the Redback has an Israeli version of the Elbit turret with fire systems, its built -in IronVision helmet (also included in the Merkava Mark IV box), and the powerful Iron Fist defense system (i.e., to protect the IDF’s Eitan armored personnel carrier (APC) and was chosen to defend the U.S. Bradley APC). The Redback will also be equipped with Rafael’s Spike anti-tank precision guided missile.
The first Redback vehicles is asking for a $ 14 billion sale offer for new military vehicles for the Australian Army.
It is estimated that each Elbit turret and its sub-systems will cost about $ 2 million, while Rafael’s Spike missiles will cost about $ 200,000 each.
The trial will also include Elbit’s IronVision helmet for use by military personnel.
Published by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – on February 28, 2022.
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