05 Feb 2019
Steels is pleased to report significant progress with the development of specialised
armour steel for the Land 400 Phase 2 program, as part of the company’s
partnership with Rheinmetall Defence Australia (the contracted supplier of 211
Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to the Australian Defence Force
was selected by Rheinmetall to supply BISALLOY® Armour steel for the
Land 400 Phase 2 program and the two companies are working together to achieve
the required German Government qualification required to meet protection levels
required on the BOXER CRV. This qualification process can take up to two years
full qualification approaching, Bisalloy hosted members of Rheinmetall’s
technical and project team at its Wollongong facility in February. Further
testing in Germany will take place in April with a specific focus on blast
is also pleased to report that it is also working closely with Rheinmetall as
part of the company’s response to the Commonwealth of Australia’s Land 400
Phase 3 Request for Tender. This tender is for supply of 400 Infantry Fighting
Vehicles (IFV) to the ADF under a program estimated to cost approximately $10
Steels’ achieving German Government qualification will reconfirm the company’s
emergence as a world class supplier of armour grade steel,” said Justin Suwart,
Bisalloy Steels’ Business Manager – Armour.
ensure supply to the Land 400 Phase 2 vehicles and qualifies Bisalloy to work
globally with Rheinmetall on future projects including Land 400 Phase 3 and
defence programs offshore,” Mr Suwart said.
through its partnership with the Queensland Government, is in the early stages
of construction of the company’s Australia-New Zealand Headquarters and
Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Ipswich, Queensland. Once operational in late 2020, the new
facility will become a regional hub with an expected program of continuous
design, build and support for military vehicles in Australia and the Asia
is Australia’s only manufacturer of impact resistant, armour and protection
grade steels and the company has a long history of collaboration with the ADF.
BISALLOY® Armour steel was developed in the 1980s for use in the
hulls of the Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide Class Frigate.
then, it has been used in several other local defence projects, including the
Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicles.
Stewart, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia, said the company’s
partnership with Bisalloy and greenfeed supplier BlueScope Steel would prove a
boon for Australian industry.
“The qualification testing currently underway
will ensure Australian-made BISALLOY® steel is a fundamental part of
the Land 400 program and underpins export opportunities for Bisalloy in the
future. We look forward to a successful outcome from the next round of testing
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