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    Post  crod Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:33 am

    Australia will embark on a decade-long surge in weaponry and military forces to defend its land, sea, skies and space from Asia's rapidly growing military forces.


    Key points:
    •Australia ratchets up military spending in response to rising tensions in Asia
    •Spending up by nearly $30 billion
    •Climate change and terrorism also listed as threats
    •Defence spending will rise even if GDP falls


    The 2016 Defence White Paper maps a course towards a total of $195 billion in defence capability or equipment by 2020-21, together with a larger military force of 62,400 personnel, the largest in a quarter of a century.

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    Joining an Asian-region mini arms race, the White Paper promises 12 submarines to be built at a cost of more than $50 billion between 2018-2057.

    However, maintenance costs will push that $50 billion budget much higher.

    Navy will scoop a quarter of all new spending on capability, with nine new anti-submarine warfare frigates and 12 offshore patrol vessels.

    The RAAF will build up two fleets of drones while also bringing its eventual fleet of 75 Joint Strike Fighters online.

    The Army will claim 18 per cent of all extra spending on equipment, buying armed drones, new protected vehicles to transport troops, helicopters for special forces and a long-range rocket system.

    Underscoring a sense of urgency to the renewal of Australia's defence power, the Government is aiming to build spending up to 2 per cent of GDP by 2020/21 — earlier than previously promised — representing an overall increase of $29.9 billion.

    Defence officials have told the ABC the White Paper reflects Australia's "growing discomfort" with China's military activity.

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    Climate change and terrorism listed as threats

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Government was committed to the "significant increase in spending" due to regional challenges as well as the threat from climate change and terrorism, among other issues.

    The factoring in of climate change was not planned under the Abbott Government.

    "In the next two decades, half the world's submarines and at least half the world's advanced combat aircraft will be operating in the Indo-Pacific region, in our region, and this complicates the outlook for our security and strategic planning," Mr Turnbull said.

    "We would be concerned if the competition for influence and the growth in military capability were to lead to instability and threaten Australia's interests, whether in the South China Sea, the Korean peninsula or further afield.We have a strong, vital, vested interest in the maintenance of peace, stability and respect for the rule of law."

    The language of the White Paper points to a realisation that Australia needs to increase the "potency and agility" of its forces in the face of rising wealth and power in Asia, coupled with the strategic tension already arising between China and the United States.

    "Territorial disputes … have created uncertainty and tension in our region," the White Paper notes.
    Ahead of the release of the Defence White Paper, Malcolm Turnbull said "under Labor, defence spending as a share of GDP dropped to its lowest level since 1938". Fact Check investigates.

    "Some matters that previous defence white papers have described as long-term issues, such as the impact of modernisation in our region, now fall to this White Paper to respond to."

    Australia continues to throw its military lot in with the United States, assessed to "remain the pre-eminent global power over the next two decades".

    The White Paper aims to deepen Australia's alliance with America, including the relocation of a US spy telescope known as an "optical space surveillance telescope" to Exmouth in Western Australia.

    On the path to building defence funding up to 2 per cent of GDP, the Government will also "de-couple" its spending on the military from the general health of the economy, so that even if growth slows, defence will still get its 2 per cent share.

    US Ambassador to Australia John Berry described the White Paper as a "well-considered, comprehensive approach to addressing evolving security challenges of the coming decades".

    "As allies, we welcome the Government's sustained investment in defence capabilities and readiness and its support for rules-based international order," he said.


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    Post  George1 Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:12 pm

    Australia will acquire a surface-to-air missile system NASAMS 2

    According to Australian media, on April 10, 2017, the Australian government selected Raytheon Australia (the Australian subsidiary of the American corporation Raytheon) as the sole tenderer with the sole supplier of the Australian Defense Ministry's Land 19 Phase 7B program for the supply of the Short- and Short-range S / A missile system Short Range Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD). Raytheon Australia, in partnership with the Norwegian group Kongsberg, is taking part in this tender with the proposal of the US-Norwegian NASAMS 2.

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    Post  George1 Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:24 am

    Boxer CRV won the tender of the Australian Army

    On March 14, 2018, the government of Australia officially announced the selection of the armored Boxer CRV presented by the German group Rheinmetall in the tender for the LAND 400 Phase 2 program (Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability) for the purchase of 221 military reconnaissance vehicles with the wheel formula 8x8 for the Australian army. The statement was made personally by the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull. Competitor Boxer CRV in the tender was an armored car AMV35, presented jointly by BAE Systems Australia and the Finnish group Patria.

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    Post  George1 Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:11 am

    Australia signed a contract for the purchase of armored vehicles Boxer CRV

    On Aug. 17, 2018, the Australian government signed a contract worth 2.1 billion euros (3.3 billion Australian dollars) with the German group Rheinmetall for the supply to the Australian army of 211 Boxer CRV (Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle) with a wheel arrangement of 8 × 8. On March 14, 2018, the Rheinmetall armored Boxer CRV was announced the winner in the Australian Army's tender for the LAND 400 Phase 2 program (Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability).

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    Post  George1 Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:28 am

    Australia chose the Spike LR2 ATGM to equip the Boxer CRV armored vehicles

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    Post  George1 Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:05 am

    BMP KF41 Lynx and AS21 Redback selected in the first phase of the Australian tender

    The Australian media reported on September 16, 2019 that Australia’s Department of Defense chose two models — the KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle of the German group Rheinmetall and the AS21 Redback infantry fighting vehicle of the South Korean Hanwha group — for further testing in the LAND 400 Phase 3 tender for the promising tracked infantry fighting vehicle for the Australian army.

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    A promising infantry fighting vehicle KF41 Lynx (c) Rheinmetall presented by the German Rheinmetall group at the Australian tender for the LAND 400 Phase 3 program.

    Thus, two other bidders - BMP General Dynamics Ajax and BAE Systems Hagglunds CV90 - dropped out of the Australian tender. The German BMP Puma jointly developed by Rheinmetall and KMW was not put up for tender due to the requirement of the Australian Ministry of Defense for applicants to have a manned tower.

    BMP KF41 Lynx is a new proprietary Rheinmetall development. In turn, the AS21 Redback presented by Hanwha is a modified version of the serial South Korean BMP K21.

    Now both selected bidders are given 12 months to manufacture several prototypes of the selected KF41 and AS21 machines for an extensive Australian test program for final sample selection as part of Phase 3 of the LAND 400 Phase 3. This test phase should be completed by the end of 2021, after which the results will be presented to the Australian government, which will make the final type selection in 2022 during the so-called 3rd stage of the evaluation program.

    The LAND 400 Phase 3 program provides for the purchase of 450 caterpillar infantry fighting vehicles for the Australian army totaling up to Australian $ 15 billion (up to US $ 10.3 billion), with the goal of replacing the old American M113AS4 armored personnel carriers as the main infantry battalion. .

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    Post  George1 Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:42 am

    Australia gets Boxer's first armored vehicle

    On September 24, 2019, the German group Rheinmetall handed over to the Australian army the first armored vehicle GTK Boxer CRV with an 8x8 wheel formula under the 2018 contract under the LAND 400 Phase 2 program (Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability). The transferred machine is made in the "multi-purpose" MPV configuration (in fact, an armored personnel carrier) and is the first of 25 units of the Block I series manufactured by Rheinmetall directly in Germany.

    Recall that on August 17, 2018, the Australian government signed a contract worth 2.1 billion euros (3.3 billion Australian dollars) with the Rheinmetall group to supply the Australian army with 211 Boxer CRV combat vehicles (Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle) with an 8x8 wheel formula. Earlier in March 2018, the Boxer CRV armored vehicle presented by Rheinmetall was declared the winner of the Australian Army's LAND 400 Phase 2 (Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Сapability) tender for the acquisition of wheeled combat reconnaissance vehicles to replace the 257 ASLAV wheeled armored vehicles used for this purpose in intelligence option.

    Acquired by Australia, the Boxer CRV, a modification of the famous German Artec Boxer armored personnel carrier, has a total combat weight of 38.5 tons, making it apparently the heaviest modern wheeled armored vehicle in the world. Boxer CRV has a capacity of seven people (including four paratroopers) and the linear version of the CRV is equipped with a two-seater Rheinmetall LANCE turret with a 30-mm automatic gun Mauser / Rheinmetall MK30-2 / ABM with programmed shots and ATGM Rafael Spike-LR2. In the future, machines should be equipped with an active protection complex (a choice should be made between the Rheinmetall Active Defense System and Rafael Trophy complexes). Of the 211 vehicles contracted by Australia, the LANCE turret with a 30 mm cannon will receive 133 linear CRV machines. Machines of all other options should be equipped with remotely controlled combat modules with a 12.7 mm machine gun.

    The first 25 Boxer CRVs of the Block I series (13 multi-purpose MPVs and 12 linear reconnaissance CRVs) should be manufactured by Rheinmetall and delivered from Germany by the end of 2019. The remaining 186 vehicles of the Block II series will be assembled from 2021 to 2026 at the military vehicle center of excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Australia, which will be created in Brisbane (Queensland), which will also act as a center for the integration, maintenance and repair of these machines. The Block II series should include 121 CRV line reconnaissance vehicles, 29 forward guidance vehicles, 15 command and staff vehicles, 11 repair vehicles and ten armored recovery and recovery vehicles.

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    Post  auslander Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:42 pm

    No comment. Afghan.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-18/former-defence-chief-shocked-at-vision-of-soldier-killing-man/12064044
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    Post  George1 Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:54 am

    Australia intends to significantly increase military spending


    On July 1, 2020, the Australian Government approved the so-called “Defense Strategic Update” (text) and the “2020 Force Structure Plan” (text), which provide for Australia spending 575 billion in defense over the coming decade. Australian dollars (397.4 billion US dollars), including 270 billion Australian dollars (187.25 billion US dollars) for the technical equipment of the armed forces.

    This plan provides for a significant increase in Australia’s military spending over the coming decade, from $ 38.7 billion ($ 26.84 billion) in fiscal year 2019-2020 and a proposed $ 42.151 billion ($ 29.23 billion) in 2020- 2021 fiscal year, up to 73.7 billion Austrian dollars (51.11 billion US dollars at the current exchange rate) in the financial year 2029-2030.

    According to the 2020 Defense Strategic Update, of the 270 billion Australian dollars expected for technical equipment, in the coming decade, 28% (75 billion Australian dollars) are supposed to be spent on the marine component, 27% (72 billion Australian dollars) on the aerospace component, and 20% (55 billion austral dollars) on the land component. At the same time, the share of procurement expenses should increase in the defense budget from 34% in the 2020-2021 financial year to 40% in the 2020-2021 financial year.

    Concerning fleet costs, the 2020 Defense Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan express their commitment to implement the accepted programs for the construction of the Australian Navy with 12 large Attack non-nuclear submarines, nine Hunter frigates, 12 Arafura patrol ships, six large Cape patrol boats and two ships of complex supply type Supply. It also announced plans for the Australian Navy to build two multi-functional transport vessels / supply ships, an icebreaking vessel for operations in the Antarctic waters, a sailing training ship, a vessel for communication with the Pacific states, a rescue vessel, as well as a series of patrol ships based on the Arafura type eight mine and hydrographic vessels. It is also planned to purchase mine weapons "to protect naval approaches to the coast of Australia," long-range weapons for attacking ground targets (that is, cruise missiles), and new tactical ship-based UAVs.

    The total cost of all these and prospective shipbuilding programs, starting with Attack-type submarines, as well as repair and modernization of cash ships of the Navy, is estimated at 183 billion Austrian dollars (up to 127 billion US dollars) for the period until the 2040s.

    The development of the Air Force confirms the line to create a combined fleet of combat aircraft from the F-35A Lightning II and EA-18G Growler, as well as plans to purchase long-range air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons, as well as “potentially hypersonic weapons” . It is also planned to develop ground-based air defense and missile defense systems and the purchase of additional military transport aircraft C-130J.

    In the field of ground forces, plans have been announced for the acquisition of infantry fighting vehicles, engineering vehicles, long-range missiles, self-propelled artillery, freight vehicles, vehicles for special operations forces, UAVs, transport helicopters and landing boats. It is planned to replace the Tiger combat helicopters and modernize the M1A1 Abrams tanks, followed by studying their possible replacement.

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    Post  George1 Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:23 am

    Australia chooses South Korean 155mm K9 self-propelled howitzer


    Australian Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds and Australian Defense Industry Minister Melissa Price announced on September 3, 2020 that Hanwha Defense Australia (the Australian arm of the Hanwha Defense Division of the South Korean Hanwha Group ) has been selected as the "preferred supplier" under the Land 8116 Protected Mobile Fires program to supply self-propelled artillery systems for the Australian army. Hanwha Defense Australia will have to supply30 self-propelled howitzers K9 Thunder caliber 155mm / 52 and 15 transport loaders K10 AARV on their base, with the assembly of all of them in Australia at the planned plant in Geelong (Victoria), which will create 350 jobs. The same enterprise will carry out maintenance and repair of the K9 and K10 of the Australian army. 155-mm / 52 self-propelled howitzer K9 Thunder of the South Korean army (c) Hanwha Defense

    The announcement of the choice of the K9 self-propelled howitzer by the Australian Department of Defense was confirmed by Hanwha Defense itself , saying that the estimated value of the contract will be about 1.3 billion Australian dollars (890 million US dollars, or about 1 trillion won).

    Thus, the K9 self-propelled howitzer presented by Hanwha Defense won the Australian Army tender under the programLand 8116 Protected Mobile Fires, in which a competing proposal was the 155-mm / 52 self-propelled howitzer PzH 2000 presented by the German companies KMW and Rheinmetall. This program was the second attempt by the Australian army to acquire a 155-mm / 52 self-propelled howitzer - in 2008 the project had already begun Land 17 Artillery Replacement, in which the same K9 and PzH 2000 competed, but this program was canceled for financial reasons in 2012.

    The victory in the Australian tender was another export success for the K9 ACS on the world market - to date, these systems have already been purchased by five countries (Turkey, India, Norway, Finland and Estonia), and the K9 chassis is used for the production of the Polish Krab ACS. Transport-loading vehicle K10 of the South Korean army (c) Hanwha Defense

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    Post  magnumcromagnon Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:50 pm

    Australian forces committing war crimes in Afghanistan

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    Post  George1 Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:28 pm

    South Korean BMP AS21 Redback on trials in Australia

    The AS21 Redback infantry fighting vehicle on field trials as part of an extensive test program in Australia for the final selection of a sample as part of the 2nd stage of the LAND 400 Phase 3 program for a promising tracked infantry fighting vehicle for the Australian army.
    In the first stage of the tender in September 2019, the Australian army selected two samples - the KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle of the German group Rheinmetall and the AS21 Redback infantry fighting vehicle of the South Korean group Hanwha. Both selected bidding companies were given 12 months to produce several prototypes of the selected KF41 and AS21 machines for testing in Australia.
    This phase of testing is to be completed by the end of 2021, after which the results will be presented to the Australian government, which, during the evaluation of the so-called 3rd phase of the program, will make the final choice of the type in 2022.

    The LAND 400 Phase 3 program provides for the purchase of 450 tracked infantry fighting vehicles for the Australian army for a total of up to 15 billion Australian dollars (up to 10.3 billion US dollars), with the aim of replacing the old American M113AS4 armored personnel carriers as the main vehicle of the motorized infantry battalions.



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    Post  George1 Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:39 pm

    BMP AS21 Redback and BMP KF41 Lynx began the 2nd stage of testing under the LAND 400 Phase 3 program in Australia

    The AS21 Redback infantry fighting vehicle of the South Korean group Hanwha and the KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle of the German group Rheinmetall in Canberra before the start of an extensive test program in Australia for the final selection of a sample under the 2nd stage of the LAND 400 Phase 3 program for a promising tracked infantry fighting vehicle for the Australian army. March 12, 2021.
    In the first stage of the tender in September 2019, the Australian army selected two samples - the KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle of the German group Rheinmetall and the AS21 Redback infantry fighting vehicle of the South Korean group Hanwha. Both selected applicant companies were given a 12 month deadline to produce several prototypes of the selected KF41 and AS21 machines for testing in Australia.
    This phase of testing should be completed by the end of 2021, after which the results will be presented to the Australian Government, which, during the evaluation of the so-called 3rd phase of the program, will make the final choice of the type in 2022.

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    Post  George1 Fri May 21, 2021 2:26 pm

    Australia acquires 160 Abrams tank hulls from U.S. Department of Defense storage bases

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    Post  George1 Thu Dec 16, 2021 12:55 am

    Australia signs a contract for the purchase of South Korean 155-mm self-propelled howitzers K9

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    Post  d_taddei2 Mon Jan 10, 2022 7:13 pm

    Another country getting ripped off and paying far too much for USA equipment. That works out $21.5mn per tank/vehicle. And another deal for 12 black hawks for nearly $1bn roughly $80mn per helicopter.


    "According to the newspaper, a $2.58 billion purchase will include a batch of 75 upgraded M1A2 Abrams tanks, which will replace 59 M1A1 tanks purchased in 2007.

    At the same time, 29 assault clearing vehicles used against minefields, 17 bridge landing vehicles and six repair and evacuation tanks will be purchased. It is reported that the first batch of such weapons will be delivered in 2024 and put into service from 2025.

    On October 9, the US approved a nearly $1 billion sale of 12 Sikorsky MH-60R Black Hawk helicopters to Australia."

    https://eurasiantimes.com/australia-to-acquire-abrams-main-battle-tanks-from-the-us/?amp

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    Post  GarryB Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:33 am

    Yeah... but the really funny thing is all the billions of dollars Australia have already lost in their war of words with China just for their mining industry that was making good money selling stuff to China, but the US demanded the Aussies criticise the Chinese and of course they did.

    The submarine deal with France was considered too expensive because the 60 billion dollar programme was expected to balloon out to 90 billion when it is all added up... and now instead the will likely pay ten times that for all the crap the Americans sell them and they sure as hell wont get new subs designed and built for a mere 90 billion...

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    Post  lancelot Tue Jan 11, 2022 9:39 am

    Does the US even make new M1 tanks? AFAIK they just have a facility to refurbish and upgrade them.
    So just like Taiwan, Australia will buy off old tanks from Uncle Sam at vastly inflated prices to help pay for their next generation MBT program.

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    Post  d_taddei2 Tue Jan 11, 2022 10:47 am

    lancelot wrote:Does the US even make new M1 tanks? AFAIK they just have a facility to refurbish and upgrade them.
    So just like Taiwan, Australia will buy off old tanks from Uncle Sam at vastly inflated prices to help pay for their next generation MBT program.

    Australia had previously bought USA tanks in storage, so I believe this will be the same then overhauled and minor upgrades. All for $21.5mn each such dumb decision

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    Post  Podlodka77 Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:54 am

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    On January 10, 2022, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton announced the conclusion of agreements with the US government on the acquisition of 75 M1A2 SEP v. 3 Abrams main tanks, 29 armored engineering vehicles under the American Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program for the Australian armed forces M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicles (ABV), 18 M1074 Joint Assault Bridges (JAB) armored bridges and six M88A2 Hercules armored recovery vehicles. The total value of the agreements is A $ 3.5 billion (US $ 2.51 billion).
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    Post  GarryB Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:48 am

    Honestly for an island nation like Australia... they are not a great choice... who could they possibly use them against and where?

    They will be good defensive tanks because not driving them much will save a lot of fuel, but who is going to invade Australia?

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    Post  miketheterrible Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:51 am

    GarryB wrote:Honestly for an island nation like Australia... they are not a great choice... who could they possibly use them against and where?

    They will be good defensive tanks because not driving them much will save a lot of fuel, but who is going to invade Australia?

    New Zealand.

    Under the command of General Gerald B (B for butcher) as he will send in an army of Kiwis to steam roll over the land of the kangaroo and ostrich. But little does he know, the real threat in Australia isn't the Ausies themselves, but their most feared and dangerous animal of all - the drop bear.
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    Post  Podlodka77 Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:56 am

    GarryB wrote:Honestly for an island nation like Australia... they are not a great choice... who could they possibly use them against and where?

    They will be good defensive tanks because not driving them much will save a lot of fuel, but who is going to invade Australia?

    I also see that Australian TV stations (especially Sky News Australia) scaring the people with the Chinese invasion, so I think that's nonsense too.

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    Post  lyle6 Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:02 pm

    GarryB wrote:Honestly for an island nation like Australia... they are not a great choice... who could they possibly use them against and where?

    They will be good defensive tanks because not driving them much will save a lot of fuel, but who is going to invade Australia?

    Its actually the best choice for Australia: it buys them a bullet proof excuse not to send thousands of Australian lives for nothing. The Americans know only too well how much of a bitch it is to deploy these things overseas, and they are the ones with by far the most developed infrastructure to shuttle these things across the planet. If you can't send armor you can't send the rest of the army - they'll just die needlessly, so you have to scrap plans for boots on the ground altogether. Twisted Evil
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    Post  George1 Fri Jul 28, 2023 5:41 pm

    Australia to buy 129 AS21 Redback IFVs from South Korea

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