Two of Bisalloy Steels high-performance armour steel grades have passed stringent German Government certification after two years of research, development and testing in collaboration with Rheinmetall Defence Australia.
This qualifies the steel to be manufactured for Rheinmetall’s Australian-built BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) (pictured), for export to customers including Rheinmetall in Germany.
Bisalloy developed a new type of ‘O-grade’ armour steel based on steel supplied by BlueScope to meet the protection levels required for the BOXER 8×8 CRV.
Bisalloy Steel Group Chief Executive Officer Greg 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.”
Testing of even stronger ‘Z-grade’ armour steel will soon take place in order to meet the exacting protection levels required for each BOXER 8×8 CRV.
Final phases of testing are scheduled to commence in Germany next month with final certification expected this year.
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.
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