Cook Defence Systems (Stand S3-210), part of the William Cook Group, has won investment from one of the members of the consortium bidding for the British Army’s future requirement for a Mechanised Infantry Fighting Vehicle (MIV) for use by the two new Strike Brigades.
One of the contenders for the MIV is the ARTEC Boxer (8x8) Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) already deployed by Germany and the Netherlands and to enter service with Lithuania in the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) configuration.
The ARTEC consortium includes Rheinmetall Defence and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and the latter has invested in tooling at William Cook’s Sheffield and Leeds facilities in order to strengthen its supply chain in advance of a potential order by the UK. The investment in tooling would enable high strength steel castings to be supplied for the Boxer MRAV.
William Cook, managing director of Cook Defence Systems said: ‘‘‘The Boxer proposal for the MIV programme supports British manufacturing and will help boost British export potential.’’
Cook Defence Systems supplies tracks for the British Army and many overseas users and was selected to supply the tracks for the General Dynamics Land Systems UK Ajax family of tracked vehicles, which will soon enter service with the British Army.