A company of German army mechanised infantry equipped with Boxer armoured personnel carriers has been exercising for the first time with British Army units on Salisbury Plain to test digital communications interoperability with the latest version of the Bowman radio network.
Senior British Army sources denied to Jane’s that the month-long training exercise was linked to an imminent decision on a procurement process for its Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) project, for which the Boxer is a strong contender. General Nick Carter, the head of the British Army, said at DSEI in London in September that he hoped to have the procurement path of MIV resolved by the end of this year to start the programme, which aims to provide an estimated 600 vehicles to equip the United Kingdom’s two proposed strike brigades.
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