Bisalloy Steel Group has announced the extension of its teaming agreement with Rheinmetall Defence Australia for the further development and production of armour steel for military vehicles.
This steel is to be used for the Boxer 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV), for export customers and specifically, once certified by the German government, used as a source of supply for Rheinmetall in Germany. Bisalloy’s new armour steel is in the final stages of the German qualification process.
Rheinmetall and Bisalloy are currently working together in Australia and Germany to create specialised grades of armour steel for application on the Boxers to be delivered under the Land 400 Phase 2 program.
Bisalloy is two years into the development of new grades of armour steel in order to meet the exacting protection levels required for each Boxer.
Bisalloy is also working closely with Rheinmetall as part of the company’s offer - the Lynx KF 41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) - for the $10 billion Land 400 Phase 3 program and the supply of more than 400 IFVs to the ADF.
Bisalloy Steel Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Greg Albert said the company was proud to be part of a new military vehicle industry for Australia - and deliver world class armour steel to the ADF.
“Bisalloy has long worked in partnership with Australian steel producers, defence scientists 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. “Our work with Rheinmetall will ensure Bisalloy’s capabilities have created the best possible protection for the Australian soldier but also significant export opportunities for Australia.”
Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Gary Stewart said qualification of Australian steel for the Boxer program would reconfirm Bisalloy’s status as a world class supplier of armour grade steel.
“Apart from ensuring supply to the Land 400 Phase 2 vehicles, it will also qualify Bisalloy to work globally with Rheinmetall on future projects, including Land 400 Phase 3 and other offshore defence programs,” Stewart said.