Bisalloy Steel Group has establishmed a teaming agreement with Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) for the development and production of high performance armour steel for both the Commonwealth's Land 400 Phase 2 program and other global customers for Rheinmetall’s range of protected military vehicles.
RDA is now engaged with Bisalloy on the development and qualification of Armour steel products for use on Rheinmetall’s Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV), currently under selection for Phase 2 of Army’s Land 400 program.
RDA managing director Gary Stewart said the success of development work with Bisalloy meant the company’s armoured steel will be added to the growing list of Australian content distributed to Rheinmetall’s Global Supply Chain. He added that the company was proud to state that for the first time the steel protecting Australian soldiers would be designed, developed and manufactured by an Australian company.
“Bisalloy’s capabilities have not only created the best possible protection for Australian soldiers but also a significant export opportunity for this leading Australian manufacturer,” Gary Stewart said. “We welcome Bisalloy to the Rheinmetall Land 400 team and we look forward to building a long term relationship that further establishes the company offshore.”’
Listed on the ASX and operating for over 38 years, Bisalloy is Australia's only manufacturer of high tensile and abrasion-resistant quenched and tempered steel plate used for armour, structural, protection and wear resistant steel applications.
Bisalloy Steel Group CEO and managing director Greg Albert said the company had a long, collaborative association with the ADF. Bisalloy Armour steel has become a leading product for defence applications in Australia and abroad and is specified for hulls in Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV), Collins Class submarines and the Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicles in Australia, along with many APCs and LAVs worldwide.
“For 25 years, the Bisalloy story has been one of working in partnership with Australian steel producers, defence scientists and engineers, international organisations and manufacturers of military vessels and vehicles to produce what we believe are some of the best armour plate products in the world,” Albert said.