Northrop Grumman Corporation is partnering with Hanwha Defense Australia to supply Mk44 Stretch Bushmaster® Chain Guns® (Mk44S) for integration into the Hanwha Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Under Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 3 program, the contract entails producing 129 chain guns, with initial deliveries scheduled for 2026. The Mk44S ensures compatibility with Northrop Grumman’s advanced ammunition suite, developed for the U.S. Army, including the new programmable air burst munition, equipping Australia with cutting-edge ammunition technology. Over 20,000 Bushmaster Chain Guns are in service across 65 allied nations, deployed on various land, air, and sea-based combat platforms worldwide.

Jennifer Zonneveld, Director, Bushmaster Chain Guns, Northrop Grumman, commented, “Bushmaster Chain Guns are the automatic cannon of choice for customers around the world due to their performance and reliability. In partnership with the Hanwha-led Team Redback, Northrop Grumman is providing the Australian Army with the most advanced medium caliber capability in the world, maintaining the system’s relevancy for years to come.”

This program will continue the Bushmaster legacy in Australia, as chain guns are currently integrated into the Australian Defence Force’s land, air, and sea-based combat platforms.

Northrop Grumman’s advanced ammunition suite includes multifunction airburst munition, armor-piercing, and proximity-fuzed ammunition, enabling crewmembers to counter a wide range of ground and aerial threats by selecting the optimal ammunition instantly.

Post Image- The Hanwha Infantry Fighting Vehicle, part of Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 3 program. (Post Image Credit: Hanwha Defense Australia)