UK looks to boost Boxer numbers

by Tim Ripley

Additional orders for Boxer armoured vehicles have been indicated by the UK defence procurement minister as he revealed the variant mix of the first batch of 523 Boxers on order for the British Army.

The UK is looking to increase the number of Boxer armoured vehicles it is procuring beyond the 523 it has already ordered. (Crown Copyright)

The UK is looking to increase the number of Boxer armoured vehicles it is procuring beyond the 523 it has already ordered. (Crown Copyright)

In a written ministerial statement on 9 June, Jeremy Quin confirmed that the UK Ministry of Defence was “looking to enhance and uplift the size of the total UK Boxer order as we work to implement the Integrated Review”.

Quin said, “this may include new variants and partnering opportunities with industry and our allies”.

Ministry sources told Janes on 11 June that the numbers are expected to be firmed up by the British Army's management board, which is scheduled to meet in the last week of this month. UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace chairs the board, which is to receive and consider a package of plans to downsize the British Army to 72,500 soldiers, recast its force structure and equipment procurement plans.

“The Army Board is sitting at the end of the month and it will firm up plans announced in the Integrated Review,” said the source. “We are looking to accelerate and increase the Boxer order but we don't have the detail on numbers and cost yet as we are working that out with industry. The army is still having conversations around variants and requirements.

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