Melbourne-based Corvus Technology Solutions is pleased to be partnering with Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA) to manufacture crucial equipment for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) next-generation of Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), subject to successful contract negotiations.
Corvus is working with HDA to progress these negotiations for the supply of 129 Redback IFVs to the Commonwealth of Australia, under the Department of Defence’s Land 400 Phase 3 project.
The Redback IFV will provide superior mobility and complete protection against ballistic, mine and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats for the ADF.
Corvus will manufacture the In-Arm Suspension Unit (ISU) for the Redback IFVs locally at its manufacturing facility in Bayswater, Victoria. With 14 ISUs fitted to each Redback, the contract will see Corvus produce and sustain the units under license from South Korea’s Mottrol Company Ltd.
The ISU is a critical element of the suspension system which improves field travelling performance, ride comfort and manoeuvrability. It also provides improved under vehicle blast resistance, as it does not rely upon torsion bars, providing improved vehicle survivability.
As part of the resultant contract, and in addition to manufacturing the ISUs, Corvus also has the potential to design and develop custom-tailored support and test equipment to sustain the ISUs throughout the Redback’s life of type.
Corvus General Manager Nick Williams welcomed the successful partnership with Hanwha Defense Australia, The Land 400 Ph3 program is the first of a number of major manufacturing projects CTS is launching across the Defence sector.
“The manufacturing phase of the program alone will generate 35 highly skilled jobs at our Bayswater facility and is expected to generate significant revenue for Corvus,” he said.
“Moreover, the program will have flow on benefits to our local supply chain partners while setting the business up to join Hanwha’s international supply chain.
“Working with Hanwha and Mottrol to deliver the Redback IFV for Australia will contribute to developing the nation’s sovereign armoured vehicle manufacturing and sustainment strategy drawing on the precision machining, assembly, integration and testing capabilities of Corvus.”
“The partnership between Mottrol and Corvus in support of HDA in delivering the next generation IFV to the ADF builds on the strong industry links we are developing,” Richard Cho, HDA Managing Director said. “We look forward to working with Corvus on the Redback in Australia with an eye to upcoming international programs as well.”
Corvus is an Australian owned and operated company, with nearly five decades of original equipment manufacturing experience, delivering high quality precision manufactured solutions across a range of sectors, including the defence, medical, renewables and automation industries.