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PODCAST: Supporting allies, growing economies – Richard Cho, Hanwha Defence Australia

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Richard Cho, managing director and vice president, Hanwha Defence Australia, outlines the South Korean industrial giant’s plans for LAND 400 Phase 3 and LAND 8112. Joining host Phil Tarrant, Cho also discusses the importance of the strategic partnership between Australia and South Korea and the long-term ambitions of Hanwha.

As the race for LAND 400 Phase 3 heats up and following the governments recent announcement of LAND 8112 to provide the Australian Army with a fleet of self-propelled howitzers, South Korean industrial giant Hanwha is stepping up its push to provide next-generation ground combat and protected mobile fire capabilities for the Australian Army. 


In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Richard Cho, managing director and vice president, Hanwha Defence Australia, outlines the company’s plans for developing a truly sovereign Australian industry capability that will support the requirements of both nations, enhancing the $42 billion worth of annual bilateral trade between the two countries.

Cho will also expand on the geo-political and strategic environment that is driving South Korea’s pursuit of industrial collaboration with Australia and the importance the nation and Hanwha places on its enduring partnership with Australia.

Finally, Cho will detail the industrial and economic opportunities open to Australia’s defence industry and the ‘Five Eyes’ focused export plans Hanwha Defence Australia seeks to implement to support its bid for both LAND 400 Phase 3 and LAND 8112.   

Enjoy the podcast,



The Defence Connect team


Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 183: PODCAST: Supporting the defence workforce – Richard Price, Defence SA
Episode 182: PODCAST: Priorities for the defence industry – Matt Keogh, shadow defence industry minister
Episode 181: PODCAST: The need for a national security strategy – Senator Jim Molan
Episode 180: PODCAST: Maintaining intellectual advantage within the cyber defence space - Matthew Wilson, Penten
Episode 179: PODCAST: The 15-year evolution of the Bushmaster – Paul Feighan, Thales
Episode 178: PODCAST: How Australian SMEs can compete on a global stage – John O’Callaghan, Defence Council Victoria
Episode 177: PODCAST: The key challenges facing naval shipbuilding in Australia – Alain Houard, Dassault Systèmes
Episode 176: PODCAST: Operations since the SEA 1442 program contract, Michael Lenton, Leonardo
Episode 175: PODCAST: Forging closer industry partnerships on the back of Type 26 – Mark Goldsack, Defence & Security Organisation, UK government
Episode 174: PODCAST: Aegis delivery for Hunter Class frigates – Neale Prescott and Rob Milligan, Lockheed Martin Australia

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