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21 December 2015

Germany Buys Another 131 BOXERs – Ups Total Order Volume to €476 Million

The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) has contracted Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall to supply an additional 131 BOXER armoured fighting vehicles, worth €476 million.

In the section/squad APC configuration, the BOXER serves as a ‘mother ship’ for up to ten troops. It is equipped with a remotely operated FLW 200 light weapon station featuring a 40mm automatic grenade launcher or 12.7mm heavy machine gun. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

On behalf of Germany’s Federal Agency of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support (BAAINBw), the international procurement agency OCCAR has placed an order with Artec (a joint venture of Rheinmetall and KMW) to supply an additional 131 BOXERs configured for an armoured personnel carrier (APC) role. Delivery is slated to take place during the period 2017 to 2020.

Back in 2006, Artec booked an initial order for 272 BOXER vehicles for the Bundeswehr, the last of which will be transferred to the German military in March 2016. The contract encompassed command and control (C2), MEDEVAC, and driver training vehicles, as well as APCs capable of transporting a complete infantry section/squad.

The Netherlands is also a partner in the cross-border BOXER programme, having ordered a total of 200 vehicles, including in this case a combat engineering configuration and an additional transport version.

Thanks to its composite add-on armour, the BOXERis one of the world’s best-protected 8x8 tactical vehicles, assuring excellent protection from landmines, improvised explosive devices (IED) and ballistic fire, coupled with outstanding mobility both on and off road, even in the toughest terrain.

Powered by a 530kW (720HP) MTU turbo diesel engine, the BOXER, weighing up to 36.5t with a full combat load, attains a top speed of 103km/h.  Featuring separate drive and mission modules, the BOXER design concept assures maximum flexibility and versatility.

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