BOXER 8x8 MRAV
Multirole wheeled armored vehicle APC IFV - Germany
The Boxer is a German-Dutch multirole 8x8 wheeled armored fighting vehicle designed to accomplish a number of operations through the use of installable mission modules. It is produced by the ARTEC GmbH (ARmoured vehicle TEChnology) industrial group, and the program is being managed by OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). The expanded range of tasks assigned to modern armies requires optimally protected, highly mobile transport vehicles that can be reliably used with a high payload capacity under extremely adverse environmental conditions. The BOXER meets these demands head-on. Its modular construction allows a multiplicity of mission-specific vehicle variants. Therefore, the vehicle family consists of a uniform drive module as well as user-specific deployment modules. Its comprehensive protection system against mines, IEDs and ballistic threats ensures maximum crew survivability. The diverse spectrum of challenges within the concept of the Three-Block War of high-intensity combat actions, peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations within complex threat environments requires a new military vehicle concept. BOXER with its unique modularity is the vehicle that is flexible enough to fulfill this wide spectrum of diverse mission requirements with unique survivability, reliability, and future growth potential. The BOXER is a true mother ship providing multiple functions for its users and communication interfaces for participation in network enabled warfare. The flexibility of its modularity allows BOXER to be easily adapted to meet diverse mission requirements, in rapidly changing circumstances and global environments.
The APC variant of BOXER is a true mother ship for soldiers with multiple functions for the infantry and interfaces for network-enabled warfare. The integral growth potential allows adaptation to future emerging military roles or changing requirements without degrading mobility performances. In the first batch, the German Army ordered 125 BOXER vehicles in the APC variant. The current APC variant supports leading-edge communication systems e.g. IdZ (infantry soldier of the future) of the German Army. In which the APC provides interfaces to each soldier for updating navigational and tactical information as well as power outlets for charging the personnel electronic equipment. The mission module contains state-of-the-art C3I architecture to integrate the BOXER APC variant in modern battlefield scenarios. The Boxer APC can transport up to 8 dismounts, besides the driver, commander and gunner. The Netherlands confirmed the procurement of 200 Boxers in the autumn of 2006 to replace the M577 and the support variants of the YPR-765 in the Royal Netherlands Army. On 13 December 2006, the German parliament approved the procurement of 272 Boxers for the German Army, to replace some of its M113 and Fuchs TPz 1 vehicles. In August 2016 Lithuania placed a EUR390 million contract for 88 Boxers, most of these in IFV configuration, and a small quantity in the command post role. Lithuanian Boxers will be manufactured by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall with deliveries running from 2017 through to 2021. In Lithuanian service, Boxer will be nicknamed as Vilkas (Wolf). The first two vehicles in driver training configuration were delivered in December 2017. On 28 July 2016, it was announced that the Boxer IFV variant was one of two vehicle types (from four) down-selected to take part in the 12-month Risk Mitigation Activity for the Australian Army's Land 400 Phase 2 program. On 31 March 2018, it was announced by the UK government that it was re-joining the Boxer program. On 3 April 2018, this was followed by the announcement that Boxer had been selected by the British Army to meet it's Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) requirement. On September 24, 219, Australia took delivery of the first new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) Boxer. On 5 October 2019, the British government signed a contract for more than 500 Boxer MIVs, the first ones being expected to be fielded in 2023. In July 2021, it was announced that Production of the British Army’s next-generation war-fighting vehicle Boxer was started in the UK. Work to manufacture key components of the Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle is being carried out at WFEL’s new production facility in Stockport. Most of the fleet will be built in the UK by main contractors WFEL and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL).
Boxer main variants:
- Command Post
- Armoured personnel carrier
- Battle damage repair
- 120mm mortar
The APC variant of the Boxer vehicle is s equipped with a remote weapon station armed with a 12.7 mm machine or an automatic 40 mm grenade launcher. The weapon station is reconfigurable to suit the specific national requirement and the module for mission-specific equipment is replaceable within one hour.
|Design and protection|
The special characteristic of the Boxer is the modular design, with joint driving as well as a special mission module. This concept particularly differentiates the Boxer from other 8x8 armored vehicles, which are offered as alternative solutions. The hull of the Boxer is composed of hard steel and modular armor. The modular design of a multi-layer floor concept and safety cell provides a unique overmatch behavior that minimizes the "catastrophic kill" risk from mine and IED attacks. The underlying protection philosophy of the BOXER provides a multi-hit capability and sufficient residual mobility after attacks. The BOXER is fully operative with the whole crew - even the driver and commander - under armor. In order to prevent an impact, the BOXER follows a new generation of stealth design, low acoustic, infrared, and radar signatures. In addition, the Boxer can be fitted with passive armor (incl. ceramics), reactive armor, and active protection systems. The mine protection and running gear of Boxer are designed to ensure residual mobility after a mine attack.
|The Boxer power pack consists of an MTU model 8V199 TE20 diesel engine developing 530 kW coupled to an Allison model HD4070 fully automatic transmission with seven forward and three reverse gears. The Boxer can run at a maximum speed of 105 km/h with a maximum range of 1,000 km/h. Excellent on and off-road mobility is achieved by the permanent 8x8 all-wheel drive, modern all independent wheel suspension, and high-performance power pack with an automatic gearbox. The Boxer is able to achieve full performance under extreme environmental and worst terrain conditions.|
|Rapid Strategic Mobility of Boxer in a combat-ready configuration is ensured by the capability of being deployed by road, train, sea or air (A400M). Standard equipment of Boxer includes air conditioning, an NBC protection system and a fire extinguishing system for the engine compartment. The Boxer is specially hardened to survive a tactical nuclear explosion at medium distances. In option, the Boxer can be equipped with a navigation system, smoke grenade launcher, rearview camera, and crew seats with airbags.|
|12.7 mm machine gun or 40 mm grenade launcher||Steel and ceramic armor. In option reactive armor and active protection systems.|
|Australia, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands||33,000 kg|
|Air conditioning, fire extinguishing system, navigation system, NBC protection system, rear view camera, and crew seats with airbags.||1,000 km maximum on road range|
|3 + 8 soldiers||Length: 7.93 m; Width: 2.99 m; Height: 2.37 m|
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