Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated Wollongong company, Bisalloy Steels, for winning work on the add-on armour range for armoured fighting vehicles being built by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
Minister 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.
“This contract demonstrates Australian defence industry’s world-class capabilities, creating and securing jobs and opportunity in regional areas as well as urban ones.”
“Bisalloy Steels has indicated they will create over a dozen new jobs to expand their business in the medium term which is great news for workers in the Wollongong area,” Minister Pyne said.
The 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.
The Defence Export Strategy can be found at: www.defence.gov.au/exportstrategy.