100 extra Boxer armoured vehicles are to be purchased for the British Army, bringing the order to a total of 623 vehicles.
It was announced this afternoon that the British Army will receive 100 extra armoured Boxer vehicles, “ensuring more vehicles reach the frontline faster” and bolstering the programme to a total of 623.
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Boxer production for the British Army is already underway as the first 117 vehicles are being built on German production lines. Soon, say the MoD, UK facilities in Telford and Stockport will ramp up for the remaining 506 and begin manufacture.
“The modern digitalised armoured vehicles can be used to transport troops to the frontline and can be rapidly reconfigured to fulfil different roles on the battlefield. The UK and Germany have worked closely together on the Boxer programme for the British Army, with the Boxer build in the UK benefitting from German expertise, data and collaboration.
Now boasting more than 400 Boxer vehicles themselves, Germany has had older variants of the vehicle in service for more than 10 years, including service in Afghanistan. Their success in the German Army means they continue to develop new variants of the vehicle.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“In these difficult times, our deep defence partnership offers reassurance to our people and the wider world, while also ensuring we are ready to respond to new threats. This joint programme will ensure our militaries have state-of-the-art equipment as the invasion of Ukraine shakes the very foundations of European peace and security.”
Defence Procurement Minister, Jeremy Quin said:
“This order will accelerate the delivery of the Boxer fleet to the British Army and increase its numbers. The land equipment upgrade is a vital element of the Integrated Review, on which we continue to deliver. Doing so, alongside our German allies, creates opportunities for both our Armed Forces.”
The first Boxer vehicles will arrive in units from 2023.