Israel-based company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has signed a contract with Australian firm Bisalloy Steels for the delivery of BISALLOY Armour steel.

Once delivered, the armour steel will be used for Rafael’s add-on armour range for armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) deployed across the globe.

Bisalloy Steels Armour business manager Justin Suwart said: “We are proud to have been chosen by Rafael to supply our BISALLOY Armour steel product for a number of key projects.

“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.”

“Under the $900,000 contract, Bisalloy is appointed to the global supply chain of the Israeli firm.”

Under the $900,000 contract, Bisalloy is appointed to the global supply chain of the Israeli firm.

It follows the successful conclusion of an extensive testing and assessment programme, which included a detailed evaluation of Bisalloy’s product range. The company’s technical expertise, production management systems and global supply capability was also assessed.

Rafael Australia general manager Ido Spitzer said: “The performance of Bisalloy and its BISALLOY Armour steel range during our testing and evaluation programme was highly impressive.

“New supply-chain partners have to meet the highest standard of capability and product performance to participate in our programmes because ultimately lives depend on the performance of our armoured vehicles in combat situations.”

BISALLOY Armour steel has been designed to be used in the hulls of the Royal Australian Navy’s six Collins-class submarines, in addition to the hulls in armoured personnel carriers (APC), light armoured vehicles (LAV) and the bushmaster infantry mobility vehicles in Australia, along with other APCs and LAVs across the world.