Hanwha announced that it would test locally developed battery solutions in the Redback infantry fighting vehicle, providing greater optionality to power the armoured vehicle.
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As part of the announcement, Hanwha is expected to partner with EDEA Energy (formerly Edison Projects Defence), with EDEA providing the batteries for trial in South Korea from 2023.
Hanwha hopes that additional companies would later take part in the trials.
“We are excited to work with EDEA Energy to explore the opportunity concerning Australian-made batteries in armoured vehicles,” Richard Cho, managing director of Hanwha Defense Australia, said.
“The potential for gains in sovereign capability in crucial components is significant. I have a big aspiration to support retaining the manufacturing capability in Australia, which can combat the global supply chain issue due to the pandemic or another crisis. We can help them further expand its applications to other area beyond defence within the broader Hanwha group.”
According to a release from Hanwha, the company explained that battery power is a necessity to meet net-zero obligations, with a local capability in the market enhancing Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capability.
“I am pleased that EDEA Energy is able to work closely with Hanwha to further commercialise our technology,” Mark Standford, director of EDEA Energy’s defence projects, said.
“We will not only develop and manufacture the battery package but also utilise Australian-made battery cells.
“We are confident we can help Hanwha supply a high performance, safe, Australian made battery to the Australian Defence Force.”