ARTEC, OCCAR Conducts Preliminary Design Review of British Boxer Build Configurations

 In Land, Europe, UK, Defense, Industrial, Germany, Forces & Capabilities

The pre­lim­i­nary design review of the British Boxer build con­fig­u­ra­tions was suc­cess­ful­ly car­ried out from September 21 to 25, under the direc­tion of Boxer Programme Division of Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) and ARTEC indus­try con­sor­tium.

The review was the cul­mi­na­tion of nine months of design work by the ARTEC indus­try con­sor­tium, which includes Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall Land Systems, for the British spe­cif­ic require­ments of the Boxer 8×8 wheeled armoured vehi­cle.

The devel­op­ment activ­i­ties ben­e­fit­ed from the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the indus­tri­al con­sor­tium with OCCAR, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) and the British Army, as well as tech­ni­cal experts in 51 tech­ni­cal and logis­ti­cal work­ing groups.

In addi­tion, stowage and elec­tro­mag­net­ic com­pat­i­bil­i­ty trials have been held in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. Despite COVID restric­tions the PDR has been held on time, with work now ongo­ing toward Critical Design Review for the Hull sub­struc­tures.

Last year, the UK gov­ern­ment signed a con­tract, worth £2.8 bil­lion, to pro­cure more than 500 Boxer 8×8 armoured fight­ing vehi­cles for the British Army. The con­tract includes the deliv­ery of 5 pro­to­types in four spe­cif­ic Build Configurations and 523 series vehi­cles, ini­tial In-Service Support Packages and Special to Role Kits.

The four build con­fig­u­ra­tions are infantry car­ri­er (MIV Protected Mobility, MIV-PM), ambu­lance (MIV Ambulance, MIV‑A), com­mand post vehi­cle (MIV Command and Control, MIV-CC), and spe­cial­ist car­ri­er. The spe­cial­ist car­ri­er ver­sion will be report­ed­ly con­fig­urable to be used as a mortar car­ri­er, engi­neer, recon­nais­sance or a joint fires vehi­cle. The UK vehi­cles have the abil­i­ty to change within the vari­ants by chang­ing the inte­ri­or, intro­duc­ing dif­fer­ent kits and assem­blies depend­ing on the mis­sion.

The Boxer vehi­cles are being pro­cured under the British Army’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) pro­gram and will form part of the Army’s Strike brigades, new units set up to deploy rapid­ly over long dis­tances across varied ter­rains.

The Boxer can be deployed around the world to deliv­er sol­diers around the bat­tle­field, trav­el­ling long dis­tances quick­ly, cross coun­try, under enemy fire and in the most aus­tere of envi­ron­ments. It is mod­u­lar by design – the same vehi­cle plat­form can be rapid­ly recon­fig­ured to fill dif­fer­ent roles on the bat­tle­field, from car­ry­ing troops across deserts to treat­ing severe­ly injured ser­vice per­son­nel on the jour­ney to the hos­pi­tal.

The vehi­cles will be equipped with a remote-con­trolled weapon system (RCWS, RWS) with a 12.7mm L1A2 Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) or a 7.62mm L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), depend­ing on the mis­sion. They will also have mis­sile blast as well as Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) pro­tec­tion.

The plan says to have the first trials in June 2022 and the deliv­ery of the first series vehi­cle to the British Army by November 2022.

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