KMW and WFEL have announced that a further sub-contract has been awarded for the UK Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Programme.
Horstman UK will supply over 250 angular gear boxes and control units for the British Army’s Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle programme.
“Following rigorous supply chain evaluation, Horstman was selected to ensure best value and lowest risk to the Boxer programme. This £12 million contract award means that another significant transfer of technology to the UK will be undertaken from Horstman’s parent company, RENK, which has made all production Angle Drive Gearboxes for the Boxer vehicles to date.
In close collaboration with KMW and WFEL, RENK will ensure all required technical support and investment into Horstman, to ensure that identical Boxer gearbox products are built in the UK at Horstman’s premises in Bath, following identical processes and procedures.”
The firm adds that the gearboxes will then be supplied to WFEL’s new manufacturing facility for assembly into the new Boxer vehicles being produced in Stockport.
Having successfully supplied suspension systems for German Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Horstman already has established relationships with KMW’s Engineering and Delivery teams and this sub-contract for the UK Boxer gearbox programme will create or sustain up to 20 skilled roles across Horstman and its wider UK supply chain.
WFEL say that the Boxer MIV programme aims to source 60% by value of the contract from within the UK, “protecting sovereign engineering and manufacturing skills and ensuring that the vehicles remain supported through their 30-year operational life”.