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AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (South Korea). Spider vs Lynx

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In 2013, the ground forces of South Korea received the first mass-produced K21 infantry fighting vehicles manufactured by Hanwha Defense Systems. Not so long ago, this BMP became the basis for a new model called AS21 Redback. This version of the tracked armored vehicle is intended for the Australian army and participates in the LAND 400 Phase 3 competition. Whether AS21 will be able to win the tender and enter the arsenal of Australia is not known.



Variant of the appearance of the AS21 Redback BMP


LAND 400 Phase 3 Program


The Australian motorized infantry is still armed with American-made M113AS4 armored personnel carriers and local modernization. This technique is outdated morally and physically, and as a result requires replacement. The search for a suitable sample is carried out as part of the LAND 400 Phase 3 program - the next stage of the larger LAND 400.

Until recently, four contestants participated in the program. On 16 of September it became known that only two reached the “finals”. Over the next 12 months, they will have to build an experimental technique and put it to the test. Until the end of 2021, prototypes will be tested, after which the military and political leadership of Australia will draw conclusions and choose the most successful model.

Current plans include the purchase of 450 tracked infantry fighting vehicles with a total value of not more than 15 billion Australian dollars (about 10,3 billion US dollars). The production of equipment will be launched by the mid-twenties and should last several years.



According to the latest decision of the tender committee, only two imported models of equipment remain in the program. This is the German BMP Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx and the South Korean AS21 Redback from Hanwha Defense Systems. In future trials, they will have to fight for the contract.

"Australian Widow"


The German company-participant submitted to the competition a finished model of armored vehicles. South Korean industry, in turn, offers the customer a project for deep modernization of a serial model, made taking into account its requirements.

The design is based on the design of the K21 infantry fighting vehicle, already used in the Korean army. The redesigned K21 received the designation AS21 and the menacing Redback name is the “Australian Widow” (local poisonous spider).

The AS21 project was first presented at the beginning of September last year at the Land Forces 2018 exhibition. Then he officially became a participant in the new contest. Since then, Hanwha Defense Systems has repeatedly published various data and images. Pi this full-fledged prototype is still missing. It will appear only in the coming months, as required by a new order of the Australian army.



AS21 preserves the architecture of the underlying machine. The use of a front-engine layout with a stern arrangement of the volume troop compartment is proposed. The type of reservation and its characteristics are not called. Mention is only made of its compliance with the modern requirements of ballistic and mine protection. Apparently, the body’s own armor is complemented by patch elements.

In the presented images of the armored car, there are two sets of smoke grenade launchers. Also on the tower are radars and launchers of an active protection complex like the Israeli Iron Fist. Thus, AS21 BMP receives comprehensive protection against various threats from all directions.

The mobility of the machine is ensured by an engine with a power of the order of 750 hp. In terms of driving performance and mobility, the AS21 and K21 should be similar.

At the request of the customer, the Redback infantry fighting vehicle is equipped with a double turret with a set of barrel and missile weapons, as well as fire control systems. The main weapons AS21 is an 30- or 40-mm automatic cannon with which a normal-caliber machine gun is paired. On the roof of the tower it is proposed to mount a remotely controlled combat module with an 12,7-mm machine gun, as well as an anti-tank missile launcher.

It is proposed the use of modern sighting systems and fire control systems that ensure the use of all types of weapons. Airborne communications systems integrate infantry fighting vehicles into the overall command and control structure.



The AS21 BMP's own crew consists of three people. The troop compartment holds eight seats for fighters. Boarding and disembarking should be carried out through the aft ramp with a spare door.

The estimated combat weight is 42 tons. The vehicle can accelerate to 65 km / h or more with a cruising range of 520 km. Due to the engine with the same power, other mobility parameters should be preserved. The base K21 is floating. Her version for Australia is likely to retain these qualities.

Thus, the AS21 Redback project retains the basic provisions and solutions of the base K21, but has the characteristic features associated with the technical progress of recent years and the wishes of the customer in the person of the Australian army. During the first presentation of the project, it was argued that the "Australian Widow" could become a platform for the construction of new infantry fighting vehicles and other equipment with one or another characteristic features required by different customers.

Spider vs Lynx


The other day, the Australian army chose the finalists of the LAND 400 Phase 3 program. They became BMP AS21 and KF41 development of different countries. Now their developers must present an experimental technique and ensure that it is tested, which takes exactly one year. Unlike German competitors, the South Korean company Hanwha Defense Systems still has not shown the finished prototype of its armored car, and it has to build it. However, the accumulated experience will allow us to cope with such a task in the required time.



A real comparison of the two armored vehicles will begin no earlier than next fall, and its results are extremely difficult to predict. Not all important information about the two infantry fighting vehicles is available, and the lack of information makes comparison difficult. In addition, the customer does not specify his position and does not indicate a possible favorite.

From the point of view of the general features of the design, architecture and composition of weapons, the two participants in the LAND 400 Phase 3 contest are as similar as possible. Moreover, they can be considered typical modern tracked infantry fighting vehicles designed to meet current requirements. The differences are only in individual technical solutions and the list of used units. The characteristics and capabilities are as close as possible.

Both offered machines can be the basis for other technology. The developers provide for various ways of rebuilding the BMP chassis with the installation of one or another weapon or equipment. So, the KF41 Lynx project is a representative of the family of transport armored vehicles. During the development of the K21 / AS21, South Korean engineers worked on the installation of various equipment, including large-caliber artillery systems. Of all this diversity, Australia so far wants only an infantry fighting vehicle.

AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (South Korea). Spider vs Lynx
KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle - AS21 competitor


A hint at the serious potential of the Redback BMP may be the very fact of its release in the final part of the LAND 400 Phase 3 program. The armored vehicle has not yet been built in metal, but the potential customer has already preferred it over a number of existing models. Probably, the project was really able to interest the tender committee and even at the current stage surpasses competitors.

BMP of the future


A new project from Hanwha Defense Systems has a good chance of winning the LAND 400 Phase 3 competition, but it may also be inferior to German competitors. The future contract provides for the supply of 450 armored vehicles with a total value of more than 10 billion US dollars, and the competitors will have to do everything possible to get it.

It is noteworthy that Rheinmetall and Hanwha have “escape routes” in case of loss in the current competition. Infantry fighting vehicles KF41 Lynx and AS21 correspond to all modern ideas and may be interesting not only in Australia. For example, negotiations are underway with four potential foreign customers over the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle. Soon, the South Korean AS21 Redback can fully enter the international market. However, new orders can be much more modest than the desired Australian.

The next 12 months, German and South Korean industry will spend on the assembly of the required prototypes. Until 2021, these machines will be tested in Australia, and in 2022 the commission will determine the winner of the program. Contest results remain unclear and follow up the news.
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Hanwha Defense Systems / hanwha-defense.co.kr, Rheinmetall / rheinmetall-defence.com
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  1. Rwmos
    Rwmos 18 September 2019 18: 30
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    "Australian widow" for a mass infantry grave sounds, of course, encouraging (though only in Russian).
    And the main gag in the tender - with whom are you going to fight a kangaroo? Based on this - absolutely no one is in the know which car is needed. So get out through the heads-tails - exactly the same sense, and save money on tests.
    PiSi: I remember these warriors lost the war with ostriches. Although the troops detached in all seriousness, with machine guns ...
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 18 September 2019 19: 09
      +4
      Quote: RWMos
      And the main gag in the tender - with whom are you going to fight a kangaroo?

      Well, they are fighting very actively. Of the latter, twice Iraq and Afghanistan.
      In general, they are included in the "Great Anti-Chinese Wall" with all that it implies.

      Previously, the British very actively plugged their holes, if I am not mistaken until the war on Kalimantan. From the time of the Vietnamese, again, if I’m not mistaken, the Americans rule them.
  2. Rwmos
    Rwmos 18 September 2019 19: 16
    -4
    Quote: Spade
    In general, they are included in the "Great Anti-Chinese Wall" with all that it implies.

    ... the problem is that about a third of Australia is ALREADY bought by China, the ports, for example - so that the wall, although great and anti-Chinese, does belong to China. And about Iraq-Afghanistan))) The military ... participated in heavy tank battles?
    So the question is the same - why the hell is a kangaroo drum?
    1. Red_Baron
      Red_Baron 18 September 2019 19: 49
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      What does it mean bought? This is more like the slogans of the so-called opposition. You can at least get paid, for rent and all the rest. It just doesn’t mean anything. You can play it at any moment, but by the decisive moment, put tanks and similar BMPs there. So these purchases only on paper in real confrontation mean nothing.
      1. Rwmos
        Rwmos 18 September 2019 20: 08
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        That means bought. Port of Darwin - long term lease. In 15, the private Chinese fund Moon Lake Investments bought one of the oldest dairy companies in Australia - Van Diemen's Land Company. In the 16th - 11 million hectares of land owned by the Kidmans (Do you know Nicole Kidman?) - S. Kidman & Co ...
        To win back. Yeah, the Ukrainians have already played two fingers on the asphalt - in 14 they took a lard for delivering grain, didn’t put grain - Antonov with specialists and Mriya - waved his wings and left, and with it, all the capacities of the state grain company went for delivery, including terminals in ports ...
        And so - yes, slogans, yeah ...
        1. Red_Baron
          Red_Baron 18 September 2019 20: 14
          +1
          So I say - it does not mean anything militarily. Their economic upheavals are another matter.
          In Ukraine, exactly the same. They are either introduced into the largest companies and earn with them or exported. To own happiness there is something so-so. When at any moment something can explode or share the locals with their armies.
          It is another matter with Ukraine, when renting a base, we kept a fleet and support there. By the way, then suddenly it turned out that we did not have slogans at all.
          1. Rwmos
            Rwmos 18 September 2019 20: 22
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            Politics - a concentrated expression of the economy (Ilyich)
            War is a continuation of politics by other means (Clausewitz)
            But the point is that Australia has no one to fight with. There are no land borders, on the sea ... No BMPs are needed, and indeed - with China, if you fight in the British Commonwealth, and if it comes to war on land, then there’s no time for it. And for US operations ... Let the US buy
            1. Red_Baron
              Red_Baron 18 September 2019 20: 31
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              I wrote something like this below.
    2. Lopatov
      Lopatov 19 September 2019 09: 31
      +1
      Quote: RWMos
      the problem is that about a third of Australia is ALREADY bought by China

      So what?
      For gentlemen, this is normal. With the aggravation of relations, property will be taken away despite all its declared immunity.

      Australia strictly follows in the wake of Washington - reinforced concrete fact
      Australia entered the "great anti-China wall" even under Obama, also a fact.
  3. Red_Baron
    Red_Baron 18 September 2019 20: 09
    +1
    A question has already been asked, and I have the same one. Why do we need a similar program in Australia? She does not provide any compensation from her wealthier colleagues. Their technologies are not involved and their defense industry is not involved.
    This is just the wildest waste of money. It is clear that some of them will be pulled by themselves, but the meaning is for the country.
    Moreover, looking at a sample and a variant of another, it somehow doesn’t fit in my head that they are created according to one program.
    AS21 Redback is a completely standard solution that is used everywhere in one form or another. Familiar schemes both in forms and in armor and in the combat module.
    42 tons? For what? range of 520 kilometers? What for? Where will she run 520 kilometers on her own?
    The front-engine layout and the feeling that there armor was almost set against a tank shot. Just do not see any ceramic armor or DZ.
    The Germans have complete order with this and there if the mass is under 42 tons, you can even imagine what they left for.
    Than all this happiness surpasses the Warrior, who weighs almost two less than the combat module.

    I have only one assumption that Australia will be actively involved in the Middle East and Africa. But all the same, it’s not clear why not to participate in some kind of program of your allies and not to get equipment much cheaper from them.
    1. garri-lin
      garri-lin 18 September 2019 22: 32
      +2
      So Australia needs an expeditionary force. And should it be armed with universal technology so that it is effective on any theater?
      1. Red_Baron
        Red_Baron 18 September 2019 22: 42
        +1
        Australia itself, something tells me, does not need anything. But it is used by the allies of the former overlords. However, this purchase takes place without their participation, which is extremely strange.
        Quote: garri-lin
        And should it be armed with universal technology so that it is effective on any theater?

        I would not call this technique universal. With such a mass, the absence of guided weapons.
        1. garri-lin
          garri-lin 19 September 2019 02: 28
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          So I’m talking about that. Heavy machine. The bunch is more suitable for them heavy plus light.
          1. Red_Baron
            Red_Baron 19 September 2019 03: 17
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            Logically, yes, but in what form.
            They have an easy one - LAV-25 I do not know how to properly count it Canadian or American. Wheel BMP. It does not have serious armor, but it has a developed turret, anti-tank weapons are absent. Actually for the desert, probably the most. Moreover, there are modifications with increased armor against 14,5 mm in a circle. There is no protection against ATGMs, but in fact in the Middle East and in Africa they should not be underestimated.
            And with a heavy BMP, it will probably be clear when the Koreans build their prototype. With a huge mass, this is clearly not the intention. What side and on it are going to withstand something larger than 30 mm autocannons. The German prototype has combined armor, but again not DZ. They talk about protection from 25mm in a circle, probably more in the forehead. Additional add-on modules or change of reservation is not provided. There is the possibility of installing missile weapons. Against barmaley completely redundant.
            Given that they have only a few dozen tanks in the armed forces, there are no other vehicles with a large caliber. For some serious action, all this is unlikely. And in order to assist someone to order 450 cars like this, and not even their own.
            But this is far from embarrassing me. Australia is a fairly rich country. But anyway, give that amount somewhere. Not collecting at least a part. For them, then spare parts and equipment will be needed. machines, trained personnel and so on. All this in the end will come to a much larger amount than ordering just cars. And all this is past the country. Is it Turkey.
  4. Catfish
    Catfish 18 September 2019 23: 42
    0
    In! South Korea is building armored cars, and North is stealing fish from us. Feel the difference. laughing
    1. Graz
      Graz 19 September 2019 03: 25
      -1
      DPRK has its own nuclear weapons and decent-range missiles, it doesn’t bend to anyone, feel the difference
      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 19 September 2019 09: 32
        +1
        Quote: Graz
        bends to no one

        Even in front of Russian border guards and Russian economic interests?
        1. Andrey Andreev_4
          Andrey Andreev_4 19 September 2019 09: 51
          -1
          Quote: Spade
          Even in front of Russian border guards and Russian economic interests?

          They respect the Chinese very much. And Russia is considered a country of traitors and bourgeois degenerates.
          1. Red_Baron
            Red_Baron 19 September 2019 12: 06
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            You probably are somehow connected with their leadership or read thoughts, since you can broadcast what they think so.
            1. Andrey Andreev_4
              Andrey Andreev_4 19 September 2019 14: 18
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              Quote: Red_Baron
              You probably are somehow connected with their leadership or read thoughts, since you can broadcast what they think so.

              And you probably do not visit any sites other than topwar.ru and draw inspiration from the TV show at Solovyov.
              1. Red_Baron
                Red_Baron 19 September 2019 21: 12
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                Do you know what the joke is? You tell more about yourself than you would like, just trying to label me. You can visit any sites and consider that you are getting some kind of information, the problem is that considering this and real life are two different things. Do not believe it and the site Topwar.ru is full of smart things, although now it is not for that. And Vladimir Rudolfovich is the smartest person and you can learn and learn a lot from him.
                By the way you allocated it, I see a slightly different approach. You do not want to learn. You need a guru, a light. Who will say how to think, how to react correctly and where there is truth. You are not alone, there are a lot of them, including here.
          2. Lopatov
            Lopatov 19 September 2019 12: 50
            +3
            Quote: Andrey Andreev_4

            They respect the Chinese very much.

            Because China contains them. So this is not respect.
            1. Andrey Andreev_4
              Andrey Andreev_4 19 September 2019 14: 15
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              Quote: Spade
              Because China contains them. So this is not respect.

              Well, there is not only a feeling of gratitude for the economic and political support received from China, but also a manifestation of respect for the Chinese Communist Party for fidelity to principles and ideology.
              1. Lopatov
                Lopatov 19 September 2019 14: 59
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                Quote: Andrey Andreev_4
                Well, there is not only a feeling of gratitude for the economic and political support received from China, but also a manifestation of respect for the Chinese Communist Party for fidelity to principles and ideology.

                Well, naturally.
                In general, you burn 8)))))
                Both in terms of "loyalty to principles" and in terms of providing help for the sake of "thanks"
                1. Andrey Andreev_4
                  Andrey Andreev_4 19 September 2019 15: 59
                  -1
                  Quote: Spade
                  ... In general, you burn 8)))))
                  Both in terms of "loyalty to principles" and in terms of providing help for the sake of "thanks"

                  No, well, it’s like you didn’t live under developed socialism))
                  This is with you and me now "the cult of consumption", and in China and North. Korea can still be easily hit in the head for revisionism and renegade, and there will certainly be those willing to do this to you unselfishly, in a fit of awareness of the need for the class struggle.
                  1. Lopatov
                    Lopatov 19 September 2019 17: 50
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                    Quote: Andrey Andreev_4
                    This is with you and me now "the cult of consumption", and in China and North. Korea can still be easily hit in the head for revisionism and renegade

                    Yeah. You can become a dollar billionaire (there are already 344 of them in China), but no "revisionism and desertion" laughing laughing laughing

                    Tell me about Kali weasel, where did you get this "loyalty to principles" from? When was it manifested? When was Pol Pot supported? When did you fight the Vietnamese? When were Afghan dushmans provided? Or when the US and NATO helped to destroy the USSR? After all, it's no secret that every third Soviet soldier and every fourth Soviet tank stuck out on the border with China, preparing to defend the USSR and socialist Mongolia.

                    Why is a much more socialist Vietnam willing to cooperate with the United States, only to defend itself against a "faithful" China?

                    It's much easier. At one interesting moment, Khrushchev raised the topic of the "personality cult" for domestic political purposes. And Messrs. Mao ("radish, red outside, white inside" (c)) together with Kim Il Sung (the builder of socialist feudalism) considered this a personal threat to themselves.
                  2. Red_Baron
                    Red_Baron 19 September 2019 21: 19
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                    Just think a little bit about what you write. You didn’t even get close, you write things in many respects absolutely opposite to how things are.
                    Is there no cult of consumption in China? And who do you think is now the main consumer of all modern bullshit, which was invented purely for consumption? Entire industries in the USA work mainly for the Chinese consumer, because those who exploit the ones they earned money and want to show what they can afford.
              2. Red_Baron
                Red_Baron 19 September 2019 21: 15
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                That's strange. When Trump's aggressive rhetoric began against North Korea, when threats began and a more active conflict began. North Korea was in no hurry to adapt to China and behave as beneficial to that. Perhaps this was a certain idea. But it didn’t look very revered. Not only that, fidelity to principles and ideology? China is a capitalist country. In his own way, of course, but still.
                1. psiho117
                  psiho117 21 September 2019 20: 47
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                  Quote: Red_Baron
                  when the threats went and a more active conflict began. North Korea was in no hurry to adapt to China

                  Yah? remember after what Kim's aggressive rhetoric changed? After a light dip. notes of China - those expressed only "concern", and Kim immediately made a reversal of the overstags, even began to kiss the southerners.
                  And you say they don’t adjust ... bully
                  1. Red_Baron
                    Red_Baron 21 September 2019 21: 17
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                    I don’t remember this, I think you are exaggerating a little.
                    For simplicity, let's turn to a certain wiki chronology.
                    On September 30, the Chinese government imposed sanctions against the DPRK. It was decided to close all representative offices of North Korean companies in China and cut off oil and gas supplies to the DPRK.

                    On April 8, 2018, in order to implement the sanctions established by UN Security Council Resolution No. 2375, a joint resolution was immediately entered into force by the Main Customs Administration of China, the State Administration of Defense Science, Technology and Industry, the Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Information, the Chinese Nuclear Agency energy list containing materials and technologies that are prohibited for export from China to North Korea that are suitable for the creation of weapons of mass destruction

                    Six months have passed since the introduction of the first sanctions. Not an easy deep. notes and sanctions. Six months later, continued action.
                    On the night of November 28-29, 2017, a new intercontinental ballistic missile, Hwason-15, was tested in the DPRK. That is, after even sanctions from China after 2 months, there were new tests of ballistic missiles. Somehow this does not fit in with U-turns and changes.
                    Quote: psiho117
                    even with southerners began to kiss.

                    Well, you don’t believe in the sincerity of this? I personally believe. I almost cried when they shook hands and crossed the border together. It seems to me that the history of the country is very tragic and the friendship of the two parts, the joint development are very important and deserved by them.
      2. Catfish
        Catfish 19 September 2019 14: 49
        0
        The difference between a thief and a decent person is obvious, and there is nothing to feel there except contempt for the thief.
  5. Graz
    Graz 19 September 2019 03: 31
    -3
    450 pcs for 10.3 billion US dollars
    it is 22.9 million per piece.
    even considering that it includes spare parts, ammunition, maybe even repair shops and shipping costs to Australia
    this is a clear corruption component in the price laid with cuts and kickbacks.
    the machine is 42 tons in weight, it is very doubtful that it can swim, as stated in the article, even with special. floats.
    Anglo-Saxons are preparing Australia as a territory to which they can retreat on the eve of Armagedts
  6. monster
    monster 19 September 2019 09: 30
    -2
    Nobody does military equipment, better than the gloomy German genius. With the exception of the Russians.
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  8. Andrey Andreev_4
    Andrey Andreev_4 20 September 2019 08: 15
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    Quote: Red_Baron
    ... China is a capitalist country. In his own way, of course, but still.

    Come on, China is a country of socialism. The very socialism that grandfather Lenin wanted to build. With the power of the working people, with the distribution of material wealth and labor, with NEP ...