Wear and armour steel manufacturer Bisalloy Steels has received its first significant order from Rheinmetall for specialised armour steel for the Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle (pictured).
Specially developed by Bisalloy to meet the protection level required for the Boxer, the steel has been tested and certified by the German government.
It will be used by Rheinmetall Defence Australia for the company’s Australian built Boxer 8×8 CRVs under the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 program.
According to Bisalloy CEO Glenn Cooper the first purchase order marks Bisalloy’s firm presence in the German defence prime contractor’s global supply chain, and follows the successful completion of an extensive testing and evaluation program.
Cooper said: “This is an important milestone for Bisalloy as a supplier to Rheinmetall and as a supplier to the Land 400 Phase 2 program.
“This is an important and strategic customer for Bisalloy, and the engagement between our two companies over the past years is a testament to the commitment our company has to these important defence programs and demonstrates our commitment to building sovereign capabilities within Australia.”
The two companies have been collaborating since 2017.
Bisalloy’s business manager, armour and protection Justin Suwart said the project had allowed Bisalloy to grow as a company.
“This purchase order represents another significant accomplishment and is in-line with Bisalloy’s strategy to significantly expand our defence business.”
Bisalloy armoured steel was originally developed in the 1980s for use in the construction of RAN frigates, and has been used on the Collins class submarines, Bushmaster infantry mobility vehicles, and the Hawkei protected mobility vehicle.
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