The United Kingdom has signed a GBP2.8 billion (USD3.6 billion) contract for more than 500 Boxer 8×8 Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIVs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 5 November.
The ministry said the British Army would initially buy a mix of the Boxer armoured personnel carrier, ambulance, command vehicle, and special versions for carrying military equipment.
The vehicles will form part of the British Army’s Strike Brigades. The British Army’s MIV programme lead, Major General Simon Hamilton, said, “Boxer completes the suite of platforms to equip our new state-of-the-art Strike Brigade, where, alongside Ajax, Boxer’s low logistic need, extended reach, high mobility, and advanced digitisation will ensure Strike is ready for any global scenario."
The UK rejoined the Boxer programme within the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) in March 2018 to meet the British Army’s MIV requirement.
Rheinmetall-Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) joint venture Artec produces the Boxer in 12 variants for Germany, Lithuania, and Netherlands, and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) will be involved in the MIV programme in the UK. Even before the UK rejoined the Boxer programme, Artec had signed partnership agreements with BAE Systems, Pearson Engineering, and Thales in anticipation of a deal. Rolls-Royce engines already power Boxers, and Parker-Hannifin, William Cook Engineering, and other British companies supply sub-systems for the vehicle.
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