IAV 2024: UK plans more Boxer variants

by Nicholas Fiorenza

One possible additional UK Boxer variant is the MCCO, the concept demonstrator for which fitted with a launcher for eight Brimstone missiles was displayed at DVD 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)

The UK plans additional variants of the Boxer armoured vehicle, Janes learnt at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2024 conference being held in London from 22 to 25 January.

The first priority is to order Boxer Repair and Recovery Vehicle, Armoured Mortar Vehicle, and Armoured Vehicle Launched Bridge variants in 2024, with initial operating capabilities (IOCs) at the end of the decade. This could be followed later by the Serpens Deep Find radar, Mounted Close Combat Overwatch (MCCO) anti-tank vehicles, and counter-unmanned aircraft system vehicles, and if the UK selects it for the British Army's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) programme, Remote Controlled Howitzer (RCH) 155 self-propelled artillery with IOCs in 2031–37.

The UK has so far ordered 146 Infantry Carrier Vehicles, 200 Specialist Carrier Vehicles, 212 Command and Control Vehicles, and 65 Ambulance versions of the Boxer for one or two brigade combat teams.


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Indonesian National Armed Forces receives armoured vehicles

by Kapil Kajal

The Indonesian Army's Harimau tank on display at Indo Defence 2022. The tank uses a modular armour for protection and is armed with a 150 mm Cockerill main gun and a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun. (Janes/Andrew Galer)

The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has handed over 52 armoured vehicles manufactured by PT Pindad to the Indonesian National Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia: TNI).

According to a press release by PT Pindad on 28 February, the MoD handed over 10 Harimau medium tanks, three Badak 6×6 wheeled armoured direct-fire support vehicles, and 10 Pandur II 8×8 fire support vehicles to the TNI.

In addition, the MoD handed over 12 Anoa 6×6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), seven Komodo 4×4 light armoured vehicles, and 10 Maung 4×4 light tactical vehicles to the TNI.

The handover took place on 28 February during a TNI-Indonesian National Police (Polri) leadership meeting held at TNI headquarters in Jakarta.

In November 2014 PT Pindad and Turkey's FNSS Defence Systems collaborated to develop a medium tank. The tank was named as ‘Harimau' in Indonesia and ‘Kaplan' in Turkey.


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Update: Austria orders 225 Pandur EVO AFVs

by Georg Mader

Austria has ordered 225 Pandur EVO AFVs for the Bundesheer. (GDELS)

A contract for 225 Pandur Evolution (EVO) armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) for the Austrian Armed Forces (Bundesheer) was signed by Minister of Defense Klaudia Tanner, Chief of Defence Staff General Rudolf Striedinger, and managing director of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr (GDELS-Steyr) Martin Reischer on 19 February.

Present at the signing were Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Karl Hufnagel, managing director of ESL, which will supply the AFV's 12.7 mm remote controlled weapon station (RCWS), 16 120 mm mortar sets, as well as other systems.

The order includes conversion kits for medical evacuation (medevac), command-and-control, and anti-tank missions, as well as eight additional vehicle variants to be introduced into the Bundesheer. Thirty-six of these (with nine options) will have Rheinmetall Air Defence Skyranger 30 mm turrets for mobile short-range air defence and to counter unmanned aircraft systems. Deliveries will takeplace until 2032, with Tanner speaking of options for a further 150 vehicles.

This article, originally published on 20 February, has been updated with new information.


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Austria becomes launch customer for Rheinmetall's Skyranger 30 air-defence system

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Bundesheer and Rheinmetall signed a contract on 21 February for the German company's Skyranger 30 turret. (Georg Mader)

The Bundesheer (Austrian Armed Forces) and Rheinmetall announced on 23 February that they had signed a contract for the German company's Skyranger 30 turret, making Austria the launch customer for the air-defence system.

Austrian Minister of Defence Klaudia Tanner and Rheinmetall Air Defence CEO Oliver Dürr signed the contract on 21 February for 36 Skyranger turrets to install in the same number of the 225 Pandur Evolution (EVO) 6×6 armoured vehicles Austria ordered from General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr (GDELS-Steyr) on 19 February. Under the contract, valued in the mid-three-digit million euro range, deliveries are scheduled for 2026–30.


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