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South Korean army completes evaluation of Redback IFV

2nd June 2022 - 06:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The ROK Army tested the AS21 Redback IFV over a period of six weeks. (Photo: Hanwha Defense)

Aspects of the Redback design could find their way into the Republic of Korea Army's future IFVs, but exports remain a priority for Hanwha Defense. Meanwhile, production of K808-based 8x8 variants continues apace.

The Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) has completed trials of the AS21 Redback, an IFV designed to meet Australian Army requirements.

The six-week evaluation by the 11th Mechanised Infantry Division occurred in April-May, including mobility, operability and maintainability aspects. It culminated in a media day on 27 May, but the main focus of the tests was validating Redback for its exportability.

Brig Gen Cho Hyun-ki, head of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration’s (DAPA) Maneuver Program Department, said: ‘The reliability and sophisticated technology of the Redback IFV has been proved during the latest ROK Army trial run of the vehicle,

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