BOXER – THE NEXT GENERATION OF MULTI ROLE ARMOURED VEHICLES
The BOXER is an 8x8 all terrain heavily-armoured utility vehicle that is produced in nine different vehicle variants.
The BOXER Programme provides the German and The Netherlands Armies with a new generation of all terrain armoured utility vehicles. BOXER includes balanced capabilities of transport-capacity, mobility, protection, survivability, growth potential and efficient life cycle costs. BOXER can operate in high intensity conflicts, in rapid reaction peace support and in humanitarian operations worldwide, offering improved capabilities and higher levels of performance and protection than other vehicles on the market.
In December 2006, OCCAR placed the contract for series production of 272 vehicles for Germany and 200 vehicles for The Netherlands with ARTEC GmbH - a consortium formed by Krauss Maffei Wegmann (GE), Rheinmetall Landsysteme (GE) and Rheinmetall Nederland (NL), the former Stork PWV. The BOXER is delivered to Germany in four different vehicle versions, and is delivered to The Netherlands in five different vehicle versions.
The concept of a drive module and an exchangeable mission module makes it a flexible military vehicle, thus ensuring a maximum strategic and tactical deployability in a wide range of operational scenarios. The unique modular concept of the BOXER offers major opportunities for developing new vehicle variants.
The vehicle prototypes were undergoing an extensive qualification programme. The first series production vehicle was delivered to Germany in September 2009. Germany started operating BOXER in Afghanistan in August 2011, very much to their satisfaction. The first Netherlands BOXER was delivered in August 2013.
A contract for delivery of a second batch of 131 BOXER to Germany was awarded in December 2015.
Lithuania joined the BOXER Programme in August 2016 to procure 89 BOXER in an Infantry Fighting Vehicle version.
Lithuania joined the BOXER Programme in August 2016 to procure 89 BOXER in different Infantry Fighting Vehicle versions and 2 Driver Training Vehicles.
In February 2018 the Slovenian MoD decided to join the OCCAR family by becoming the fourth Participating State in the BOXER Programme, with the idea to procure 48 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) in different versions. However the Slovenian MoD suspended in March 2019 the integration process until further notice due to internal constraints .
In April UK announced its intention to re-join the BOXER Programme to procure a fleet of new armoured vehicles that fulfils the requirements of the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) Programme.
The Commonwealth of Australia is also a BOXER user nation as they decided in March 2018 to procure 211 BOXER vehicles directly from the German Company Rheinmetall.
BOXER Technical Information
Basic vehicle consisting of a common (8x8) drive module and an exchangeable mission module (in less than 1 hour). Mission modules are equipped according to national specific requirements for the vehicle version.
|Vehicle weight (Basic Vehicle)||25.2 t|
|Maximum payload||11.3 t|
|Maximum gross weight||36,5 t|
|Mean Maximum Pressure||296 kPa (poor/soft ground, medium tyre pressure setting)|
|Usable volume under armour||14 m³|
|Maximum speed||85 km/h|
|Average/maximum range||650/1050 km|
|Height (hull roof)||2.38 m|
|Ground clearance||0.50 m|
|Engine capacity||530 kW|
|NBC protection, Aircon, Heating||Standard fit|
|Combat wheels, Tyre Inflation System||Standard fit|
|GPS, Fire Extinguishing System Vehicles electrics||CAN Bus System Build-in test equipment|
|Armour system||Modular design; safety cell concept; exchangeable armour plates|
The delivery of the first two Lithuanian VILKAS Infantry Fighting Vehicles took place on 9 July in Vilnius, Lithuania. This is an historical milestone for the Lithuanian Armed Forces but also for OCCAR, as it demonstrates the level of support provided by the organisation to its customers be it OCCAR Member States or OCCAR Programme Participating States.
In February the Slovenian MoD announced on its homepage that they had chosen BOXER as the base vehicle to form two new mechanised infantry battlegroups. Slovenia joining OCCAR by becoming the fourth Participating State in the BOXER Programme will eventually be a reality soon.