Australia’s Bisalloy Steels have signed a contract with Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for the supply of BISALLOY Armour steel for use in Rafael’s globally-deployed add-on armour range for Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs).
The $900K contract marks the appointment of Bisalloy to Rafael’s global supply chain and follows the successful completion of an extensive testing and evaluation program which included a detailed assessment of not only Bisalloy’s product range but also the company’s technical expertise, production management systems and global supply capability.
“The performance of Bisalloy and its BISALLOY Armour steel range during our testing and evaluation program was highly impressive,” said Ido Spitzer, Rafael Australia’s General Manager.
“New supply-chain partners have to meet the highest standard of capability and product performance to participate in our programs because ultimately lives depend on the performance of our armoured vehicles in combat situations. It is fantastic to witness the performance of the Bisalloy team throughout our evaluation program. We are proud to be not only expanding our Australian footprint and also strengthening our commitment to taking Australian technology and expertise to the world.”
Bisalloy’s Business Manager – Armour, Justin Suwart, said that the contract was a significant step for the company.
“We are proud to have been chosen by Rafael to supply our BISALLOY Armour steel product for a number of key projects,” said Mr Suwart. “Rafael is a globally respected name in the defence industry and it is testament to our position as a competitive Australian supplier in the world market that we have been able to form this new relationship”. he added.
In late 2017 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced the official opening of its Melbourne-based subsidiary, Rafael Australia Pty Ltd.
A key role for Rafael Australia is fostering and managing close industrial cooperation in Australia, addressing local land and naval programs and thereby providing export opportunities for Australian companies.
Australian Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said this contract was evidence that small-to-medium sized companies in regional Australia can successfully compete and win global supply chain contracts with big defence companies.
“I am delighted Wollongong-based Bisalloy Steels will provide the armour range for armoured fighting vehicles which will be used to protect allied soldiers in combat,” Minister Pyne said.
The Australian Government’s Defence Export Strategy released in late January provides industry with comprehensive support to identify and realise export opportunities.
The Strategy includes a range of initiatives, including a new Australian Defence Export Office, and an additional $20 million per year from the 2018–19 financial year to implement the Strategy and support industry to achieve greater export success.