BOXER – THE NEXT GENERATION OF MULTI ROLE ARMOURED VEHICLES
The BOXER is an 8x8 all-terrain heavily armoured utility vehicle with a unique modular
concept of a common drive module and an exchangeable mission module, making it a flexible military
vehicle, thus ensuring maximum strategic and tactical mobility in a wide range of operational
scenarios. BOXER can operate in high intensity conflict, in rapid reaction peace support and in
humanitarian operations worldwide, offering improved capabilities and higher levels of performance
and protection than other vehicles in its class.
The BOXER Programme provides the German (DE), Netherlands (NL), Lithuanian and the United Kingdom
(UK) Armies, with a new generation of all terrain armoured utility vehicles on the basis of
balanced capabilities of transport capacity, mobility, protection, survivability, growth potential
and efficient Life Cycle Costs.
In December 2006, OCCAR placed the contract for series production of 272 vehicles for DE and 200
vehicles for NL with ARTEC GmbH - a consortium formed by Krauss Maffei Wegmann, Rheinmetall
Landsysteme and Rheinmetall Nederland. For DE, all vehicles have been delivered and are undergoing
retrofit to the A2 variant. A new batch of 131 A2 vehicles are now in progress. For NL, the last
deliveries of batch 1 is due in December 2020, and the responsibilities for the in-service NL
fleet will be handed over from Defence Material Organisation to NL Army.
In 2016, Lithuania joined the Programme with a contract to buy 91 BOXER vehicles via OCCAR in five
different variants on the basis of the DE vehicle design. The first vehicles were delivered in
2019, with production running until 2021.
In Dec 2019, the UK joined the BOXER programme following integration activities and contract
negotiations. The UK will see a delivery of over 500 vehicles in 4 Build Configurations, with
first vehicle delivered expected in 2022 following a design and verification phase.
The BOXER Programme has been tasked to develop and procure new BOXER variants for the DE customer,
including Joint Fire Support and Short Range Air Defence and to investigate on a Heavy Weapon
Platform variant. More vehicles are also being procured for NL, including additional Integrated
Logistic Support packages.
Australia has joined the BOXER Programme as an observer state, where information and lessons
learned will be shared between nations for a cooperative relationship between all user nations of
the BOXER vehicle. Collaborative working will be investigated where possible where an economic or
user gain can be realised.
BOXER Participating States