Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin has formally opened a new manufacturing plant in the North West of England which will play a significant role in building the British Army’s latest armoured vehicle – the Boxer.
During his visit to WFEL in Stockport, Mr Quin saw first-hand the newly built facility which will fabricate all the armoured hulls and assemble the finished Boxer vehicles for delivery to MoD.
Speaking at the event Mr Quin said:
“Our Boxer programme is playing a significant role in boosting prosperity, supporting skills; protecting over 1,000 jobs across the North East, West Midlands, central Scotland, Wales, and throughout the UK wider supply chain. This new production line is creating 120 new jobs at WFEL, further cementing our investment in UK innovation and expertise.”
The UK decided to re-join the Boxer programme in 2018 and since then has committed £2.8bn to deliver over 500 vehicles to the British Army.
The very first delivery of machined component parts for the Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicles to WFEL’s Stockport manufacturing facility happened last week, you can read more about this here.
Boxer will be made up of four variants: an Infantry Carrier; a Specialist Carrier; a Command Vehicle; and an Ambulance.
While the initial contract was awarded to ARTEC, a joint venture between KMW and another German company Rheinmetall, much of the work will be carried out by WFEL in Stockport and RBSL in Telford.