Australia wants to cut its infantry fighting vehicle acquisitions by a third

Launched by Canberra in 2018, the LAND 400 phase 3 program aimed to replace the M113s in service with the Australian armed forces with 450 new generation infantry fighting vehicles for a planned investment of 18 to 21 billion Australian dollars, i.e. between €12 and €14 billion. It now opposes two models, the KF41 Lynx offered by Rheinmetall Defense Australia, and the Redback AS21 from South Korea Hanwha, after the elimination of the Ajax and the CV-90 in 2019. However, according to information obtained by the site economic Financial Review, it seems that Canberra is about to reduce its ambitions around this program,…

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Australia to acquire 75 M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams heavy tanks from the United States

While some aspects of Australian arbitrations are questionable, there is no doubt that the country has committed significant resources to modernizing its defense tool. While the LAND400 competition between Rheinmetall's Lynx and South Korean Hanwha's AS21 Redback in the field of infantry fighting vehicles continues, and the Australian authorities announced in December the acquisition of 30 AS9 Huntsman self-propelled guns, Australian designation of the South Korean K9, and 15 AS10 armored munitions carriers for an amount of $730m, this time it is the turn of the heavy armored component to be modernized, with the announcement of an order for 75 heavy tanks…

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The Australian Armies are also bracing for the worst in the years to come over Taiwan

A few weeks ago, Admiral Phil Davidson, commander of the American forces deployed in the Pacific, publicly considered that from now on, it was to be expected that Beijing would begin military action with a view to taking Taiwan by force, and this by 2027. According to the American general officer, the People's Liberation Army will indeed have the necessary military means to accomplish this mission in the next few years, thanks to a specific global effort by the Chinese authorities to achieve it. Obviously, the Australian armies share the same concerns, and have begun strategic thinking, as well as exercises, to deal with them. Thus, the…

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