Slovenia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the Boxer 8x8 vehicle as the basis for two new mechanised infantry battlegroups. A ministry announcement on 2 February detailed how the vehicle was selected for procurement through the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) Boxer programme. An OCCAR official told Jane’s on 7 February that Slovenia was briefed on the programme in January but an official request to join had not been submitted.
The MoD also announced that it will submit a written proposal to OCCAR this month to pursue participating state status within the programme, with confirmation of a final proposal scheduled to be completed in September/October 2018. The MoD has allocated funding for the procurement in 2018 and 2019, with the acquisition of an 8x8 platform included in the country’s medium- and long-term defence planning programmes. The former covers the period out to 2025, the latter from 2016 to 2020.
By procuring the vehicles through OCCAR, Slovenia would be joining Germany, Lithuania, and the Netherlands in the Boxer programme as a participating state.
According to the Slovenian MoD, funding has been allocated for the procurement of 48 vehicles in 2018–20 for the first battlegroup, which is to become operational by 2022, followed by the second in 2025. It is planned for the first company within the first battalion to receive its first batch of vehicles in 2019, with these becoming operational by early 2020.
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