Hanwha Defense will be working with Australia’s Bisalloy for the steel involved in the $1.7 billion Egyptian K9 artillery program, leveraging the work done with the company under Land 8116 for the Australian AS9 and AS10 vehicles. An order is expected to be made in Q4 of 2022.
Hanwha Defense entered into the agreement with the Government of Egypt in February of this year to supply substantial quantities of Self-Propelled Howitzers (SPH) and Armoured Resupply Vehicle (ARV).
The contract is valued at around $1.7 billion for hundreds of the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH), K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicles, and K11 Fire Direction Control Vehicle with the SPH variant to be known as the K9A1 EGY. The K11 Fire Direction Control Vehicle is a new vehicle to be developed for the Egyptian military. Using the K9 chassis, the command-post vehicle will be equipped with a range of high-tech sensors and communication equipment in accordance with operational requirements of the Egyptian Army and Navy.
Both Hanwha, in Korea and Australia, and Bisalloy have been working hard behind the scenes to achieve this significant milestone for the Australian Defence Industry.
“It has been a tremendous experience working with Bisalloy, and to see Australian companies enter the wider Hanwha Defense offering internationally is fantastic,” Hanwha Defense Australia MD, Richard Cho said.
“We see this very productive partnership continuing for many years as we explore further opportunities to use Bisalloy steel in the wider Hanwha product range, building on our strong foundation. Strategic supply for Korea is an essential national requirement and Bisalloy are now a part of this solution.”
“Bisalloy Steels have been working with Hanwha Defense for the supply of armoured steel for the Huntsman program in Australia. We are very pleased to be partnering together on this with our first orders of armour plate for the Australian program now received,” Bisalloy Steels CEO and MD, Rowan Melrose said.
“Bisalloy Steels Australia and Hanwha Defense Korea have signed a Letter of Intent to supply the Government of Egypt for their own Self-Propelled Howitzers.”
“We are excited to be entering into Hanwha’s global supply chain, extending Bisalloy’s global defence customer base.”
Original Article from Vol.30 No.6 of the Australian Defence Magazine – Click here to view.