Controversial Israeli weapons company awarded $917 million Australian army contract – ABC News/Andrew Greene/28.2.2024

Weasel words from Albanese et al – support Palestinians but give contracts to the very company that supplies the drones, bombs and bullets to the Israeli Government – Mark

An Israeli company whose technology was stripped from Australian Army equipment over possible data security concerns three years ago has been awarded a fresh defence contract worth $917 million.

Elbit Systems has confirmed it will provide “advanced protection, fighting capabilities and sensors” for new Korean-designed Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) being constructed in the Victorian electorate of Defence Minister Richard Marles.

In July last year, South Korean company Hanwha clinched the approximately $10 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 Project to deliver 129 of its Redback IFVs to the Army, beating a rival bid from German company Rheinmetall.

Originally Hanwha had partnered with Canberra-based defence company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) to produce a high-tech turret for its IFV, but the arrangement was broken off in favour of a joint venture struck with Elbit Systems in June 2022.

In a statement issued from its headquarters in the city of Haifa, Elbit Systems stated it had been “awarded a contract worth approximately $600 million [in US dollars, or $917 million] to supply systems to Hanwha Defence Australia for the Australian LAND 400 Phase 3 Project”.

“This project aims to deliver advanced protection, fighting capabilities and sensors suite to the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) for the Australian Army”, the company said, while revealing the contract would be performed “over a period of five years”.

“This milestone reaffirms our commitment to delivering advanced, mission-critical solutions to the Australian Army,” Elbit Systems President and CEO Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis said.

“Elbit Systems is dedicated to supplying cutting-edge defence technologies that will safeguard troops on the modern battlefield,” Mr Machlis added in the brief company statement issued this week.

The company has not publicly disclosed where Elbit System’s advanced turret systems will be produced and assembled but sources inside the LAND 400 Phase 3 program insist the plan is to do “most of the work in Australia”.

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