The Tasmania-based firm has been selected to deliver ongoing services in support of Hanwha Defense Australia’s land projects.
Hanwha Defense Australia has extended its partnership with insulation technology provider CBG Systems, which has been selected to provide long-term support for Hanwha’s LAND 8116 Protected Mobile Fires project – a $900 million-$1.3 billion project to acquire 30 self-propelled armoured artillery systems and 15 armoured resupply vehicles to the Australian Army.
This is in addition to CBG’s involvement in Team Redback – a Hanwha-led cooperative bidding for the Commonwealth government’s $18 billion-$27 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 program – with the Tasmanian firm supporting the risk mitigation activities as part of the selection process.
Hanwha confirmed that CBG’s new long-term deal would extend to LAND 400 Phase 3 if it is selected to deliver up to 450 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) to replace Army’s M113 fleet.
CBG Systems is currently leveraging its Solar Sigma Shield advanced insulation technology to improve the Redback and Huntsman vehicles illusiveness, in a bid to deliver a combat advantage against adversary detection and engagement systems.
The Solar Sigma Shield technology is also designed to assist in managing the thermal signature and other heat transfer properties on Hanwha’s platforms.
According to CBG, its insulation technology can decrease internal vehicle temperatures by up to 25 degrees Celsius, helping to reduce heat stress on personnel and equipment.
“CBG Systems is proud to be part of Team Redback and excited to be contributing to what is a highly advanced and beautifully integrated solution for LAND 400 Phase 3,” Javier Herbon, managing director of CBG Systems, said.
“We are also excited to be working with Hanwha on Project LAND 8116.
“CBG’s patented fabric design provides signature management against visual, thermal, radar and ultraviolet detection, and thus provides a significant advantage and much greater safety in high threat environments.”
Hanwha Defense Australia’s managing director, Richard Cho, added: “I am delighted to welcome CBG Systems permanently to Team Redback.
“CBG Systems are a highly respected Australian company, and I believe the technology they offer can help us make the Redback an even better vehicle in terms of soldier protection and comfort. I am very grateful for all their efforts so far, both with the Redback and LAND 8116.”
Hanwha’s Redback IFV is currently undergoing a risk-mitigation activity along with fellow LAND 400 contender Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s Lynx IFV.
The assessments include mobility, reliability and blast testing.
Defence is also expected to assess contracts, supply chains and maintenance associated with the vehicles, ahead of the government’s recommendation on the preferred tender, scheduled for 2022.