Type of Armoured fighting vehicle
Boxer configured for Australia’s Land 400 Phase 2 for which the type was selected in March 2018
|Type||Armoured fighting vehicle|
|Place of origin||Germany/United Kingdom/Netherlands (further details in main text)|
|Used by||See Operators|
|No. built||500 as of January 2019 Production continues.|
|Mass||24,000 kg (standard); 36,500 – 38,500 kg (combat)|
|Length||7.93 m (26 ft 0 in)|
|Width||2.99 m (9 ft 10 in)|
|Height||2.37 m (7 ft 9 in) (baseline vehicle)|
|Crew||Varies by role. In APC configuration – 3 + maximum of 8|
|Armor||AMAP composite armour|
|various, depends on configuration|
|Engine||MTU 8V199 TE20 Diesel rated at EURO 3
530 kW (711 hp) in A0/A1/A2 and 600 kW (805 hp) in A3 (see text for full details)
|Power/weight||16.1 kW/t (max weight @ 530 kW))|
|1,100 km (684 mi)|
|103 km/h (64 mph)|
The Boxer is a multirole armoured fighting vehicle designed by an international consortium to accomplish a number of operations through the use of installable mission modules. The nations participating in the Boxer program have changed as the program has developed. The Boxer vehicle is produced by the ARTEC GmbH (armoured vehicle technology) industrial group, and the programme is being managed by OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). ARTEC GmbH is based in Munich; its parent companies are Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH and Rheinmetall Military Vehicles GmbH on the German side, and Rheinmetall Defence Nederland B.V. for the Netherlands. Overall, Rheinmetall has a 64% stake in the joint venture.
A distinctive and unique feature of the vehicle is its composition of a drive platform module and interchangeable mission modules which allow several configurations to meet different operational requirements.
Other names in use or previously used for Boxer are GTK (gepanzertes Transport-Kraftfahrzeug; armoured transport vehicle) Boxer and MRAV (multirole armoured vehicle). Confirmed Boxer customers as of February 2020 are Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Australia and the UK. The Boxer has been produced in A0, A1 and A2 configurations. The UK will receive the A3 Boxer,[contradictory] and Australia is receiving an A2/A3 hybrid.
With exceptions for style and ease of reading, the following development and production history is presented in as near-chronological order as possible.
The Boxer is a cooperative European design project, the initial aim of which was to develop the next generation of armoured utility vehicle. The project was originally started as a joint venture between Germany, United Kingdom and France. France left the programme in 1999 and pursued its own design, the Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie (VBCI).
Following negotiations, a contract was awarded in November 1999 for eight prototype vehicles, four for Germany and four for the UK. Total value of this contract was £70 million. In February 2001, the Netherlands joined the programme and 12