BISALLOY Armour steel passes critical Land 400 program milestone

Bisalloy Steels is pleased to announce the company’s specialised grades of BISALLOY® Armour Steel have passed an initial series of trials for application on the BOXER 8 x 8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to be supplied by Rheinmetall Defence Australia under the Commonwealth of Australia’s Land 400 Phase 2 program.

Bisalloy has developed a new grade of armour steel in order to meet the protection levels required for the BOXER 8 x 8 CRV. The Company is pleased to confirm this specialised armour steel has passed blast box trials at Rheinmetall’s testing facilities in Germany.

Bisalloy’s armour steel is now ready to start the German Government qualification process with the BAAINBw (German Government testing authority). Rheinmetall is delivering 211 BOXER 8 x 8 CRV’s to the Australian Army under the Land 400 Phase 2 program.

Bisalloy 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 the supply of 400 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) to the ADF under a program estimated to cost approximately $10 billion.

Justin Suwart, Bisalloy Steels’ Business Manager – Armour, welcomed the announcement of the latest milestone.

“Achieving German Government qualification will reconfirm Bisalloy’s emergence as a world class supplier of armour grade steel,” Mr Suwart said.

“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.”

Australia’s only manufacturer of impact resistant, armour and protection grade steels, Bisalloy has a long history of collaboration with the ADF. Developed in the 1980s for use in the hulls of the Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide Class Frigate, BISALLOY® Armour steel has since been used in several other local defence projects, including the Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicles.