IDEX 2015

More firepower for Boxer [IDX15D3]

25 February 2015

Currently deployed by Germany and the Netherlands, the ARTEC Boxer is normally used as an armoured personnel carrier (APC), as well as for more specialised roles such as ambulance and command post. To meet potential export requirements for an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), Boxer is being shown for the first time in the Middle East in the IFV configuration.

Displayed on the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann stand (08-C2), the Boxer is fitted with the complete remotecontrolled turret of the tracked Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) now in production for the German Army.

This advanced turret is armed with a Mauser 30mm MK 30-2 dual-feed cannon that can fire a wide range of ammunition types, including a recently developed air-bursting munition (ABM). Empty 30mm cartridge cases are ejected outside of the turret. Mounted coaxially with the 30mm cannon is a 5.56mm machine gun and there are also banks of 76mm grenade launchers.

The Boxer IFV has a crew of three, consisting of commander, gunner and driver, plus seven dismounts who are all provided with blast-attenuating seats. With a welded steel hull and mission module fitted with appliqué armour for a higher level of protection, the IFV variant has a combat weight of about 36 tonnes.

In addition to the Boxer IFV, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann is further expanding the capability of the Boxer by the removal of the rear mission module and installation of a 155mm/52 calibre Artillery Gun Module (AGM). This has already undergone extensive firing trials installed on two tracked chassis, and uses the same 155mm/52 calibre ordnance as fitted to the much heaver PzH 2000. The AGM is aimed and fired by remote control and carries 30 rounds of ammunition (155mm projectiles and associated modular charges).

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