Corvus to build suspensions for Redback IFV


Corvus Technology Solutions has secured the contract to build nearly 2,000 vehicle suspension units for the Australian Army’s new Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).

This new partnership will make Corvus one of the top suppliers to Hanwha Defence Australia in the manufacture of the new platform for the Army.

Fourteen of the suspension units are mounted on each Redback vehicle, improving ride, comfort and manoeuvrability in the field.

They also provide better under vehicle blast resistance and vehicle survivability than other designs by avoiding the use of torsion bars.

The General Manager of Corvus Technology Solutions Nick Williams said: “Signing this contract cements Corvus’ position as of one of the main suppliers on the Redback program.

“As well as being transformative for our business it also opens a channel for the transfer of defence technology from South Korea to Australia.

“This not only strengthens the Australia-ROK regional partnership but promotes the export of defence technology globally via Australia.”

Corvus opened an office in South Korea to help snare the contract from Hanwha, which will manufacture the vehicles at a new $170 million facility in Geelong, Victoria.

Valued at almost $100 million, the contract will create over 40 jobs at the Corvus’s Melbourne facility and represents a partnership for the future between Hanwha and Corvus, according to a statement.

“Together, the companies are poised to deliver solutions that meet the evolving needs of defence forces around the globe.”

The Acting Managing Director of Hanwha Defence Australia Dean Michie said: “Corvus has a history of excellence in manufacturing that fits well with our culture at Hanwha Defence Australia.

“Their work in building this key suspension component will form a valuable part of the Redback vehicle”.

Further reading:
Corvus to manufacture armoured vehicle suspensions
Geelong selected as Hanwha’s $170 million armoured vehicle site

Picture: Corvus Technology Solutions

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