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After the surprise announcement of the British defense minister regarding the provision of over 500 boxers for the British Army from 4 November 2019 further insights are now available.

Contractors are - as expected - the European procurement agency OCCAR-EA and the ARTEC, the consortium of Rheinmetall and KMW. OCCAR-EA leads the armament program armored transport vehicle GTK Boxer on behalf of the nations participating in the program. These are Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania and - since 2018 again - United Kingdom. The procurement order boxers for UK was signed by the Director of OCCAR-EA on behalf of the British Ministry of Defense. ARTEC as contractor issued subcontracts to Rheinmetall and KMW that share the total order of 50 percent.

The German contractors enter the volume of the contract at 2.6 billion euros. The British side had indicated a volume of 3.2 billion euros. In it are probably services MIV program included that were not awarded through OCCAR-EA.

A total of 528 GTK Boxer in four versions - troop transport (Infantry carrier), load transport (specialist carrier), command vehicle (Command Post) and ambulance) - have ordered the British. There are also a support package for the first phase of operation and kits for special missions. The equipment records the variants to be matched mission specifically by the troops. The heavily armored vehicles (mm caliber or 12.7 7.62 mm) with remotely operated weapon stations for machine gun equipped.

First five prototypes produced by Rheinmetall and KMW and delivered by June 2022nd After the acceptance tests the first production vehicle to be handed over in November 2022 the United Kingdom. The production period will extend to 2031st

528 Boxer in vier Versionen für die British Army

The first phase of mass production takes place in Germany, including in order to form the British staff in production and assembly. About 90 percent of the value of the overall program should be made in the UK. Rheinmetall will help the RBSL specially established for this purpose (Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land) and KMW instruct its subsidiary WFEL. These companies have already formed networks in which production and assembly of the vehicles can be made.

With this order, the total amount of ordered boxers increased to more than 1,400 vehicles. After initial severe labor pains, the vehicle developed into a successful model and is well on the way to a standard vehicle into NATO.

Gerhard Heiming