FAVS 2023: Germany and Netherlands plan Boxer jamming variant

by Nicholas Fiorenza

FFG is working on the Boxer RRV variant. (FFG )

Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boehnke, Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) Boxer representative in the German Army Concept and Capabilities Development Centre, presented a Boxer jamming variant and an update on other planned versions on the second day of SAE Media Group's Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability (FAVS) 2023 conference held in London from 13 to 15 November.

The Boxer Knifefish jamming variant would exist in two versions – ultra-high frequency (UHF)/very high frequency (VHF) and high frequency (HF). The systems requirement document and proposed solution are planned for November, to be followed by a draft development proposal in March 2024, and parliamentary approval a month later. Lt Col Boehnke expected at least one Boxer jamming prototype to be delivered by 2028.

He said Germany and the Netherlands would form a medium brigade, with Germany providing Boxer heavy weapon carriers (HWCs) and armoured infantry fighting vehicles (AIFVs) to that formation, in addition to two German brigades and the Franco-German Brigade.

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New mortar AMPV variant prototype to make exhibition debut late 2024

by Meredith Roaten

BAE Systems demonstrated its new counter unmanned aerial systems Armoured Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) during a live fire in Kingman, Arizona. (BAE Systems)

The newly designed 120 mm mortar variant of the Armoured Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) will make its debut at the annual Maneuver Warfighter Conference in September 2024, Bill Sheehy, AMPV programme director at BAE Systems told Janes on 30 November.

BAE Systems first told Janes in September that it was delivering the prototype for Patria's 120 mm New Mortar (NEMO) and Kongsberg turret programme in January 2024. The prototype is still on track for first delivery, and the army plans to perform a live-fire demonstration at the September conference to show off its progress, Sheehy said in an interview.

The prototype represents BAE System's first official foray into broadening AMPV configurations, which the company hopes will highlight the flexibility of the platform. The turret is attached to the vehicle using the Ex-MEP (Mission Equipment Package), which can accommodate most remotely operated weapons stations.

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Bundeswehr orders Dingo 2s to replace vehicles donated to Ukraine

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The BAAINBw has ordered 50 Dingo 2 A4.1 armoured vehicles from KNDS. (Bundeswehr)

The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann + Nexter Defense Systems (KNDS) announced on 30 November that they had signed a contract for 50 Dingo 2 A4.1 armoured vehicles the day before. KNDS said in a press release that the vehicles would replace Dingo 2s transferred by the Bundeswehr to Ukraine.

The budget committee of the Bundestag, Germany's parliament, on 16 November approved funding for the procurement, which the German Ministry of Defence valued at approximately EUR150 million (USD163 million). The procurement will be paid for by the German government's Enable and Enhance Initiative to support partner states with military materiel and training. The vehicles are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2026.

Germany supplied 50 Dingo 2s to Ukraine, according to the German government's list of military aid delivered to Kyiv. A BAAINBw spokesperson told Janes

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British Army Foxhounds to take on command role

by Olivia Savage

Up to 50 of the British Army's Foxhound LPPV vehicles will be converted into command variants. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

Up to 50 of the British Army's Foxhound vehicles will be converted into command variants under a GBP19.76 million (USD24.92 million) sole-source contract with General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS).

The contract, expected to be awarded in early 2024, will involve the conversion of up to 50 Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicles (LPPVs) over a 15-month period, a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract notice disclosed on 23 November.

According to the notice, the converted vehicles will be installed with enhanced high-frequency (HF), very-high-frequency (VHF), and ultra-high-frequency (UHF) capabilities and will enable operation of Bowman data terminals.

The UK MoD were unable to elaborate to Janes on the new communication systems expected to be installed on the converted command vehicles.

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