BAE Systems, Pearson Engineering and Thales UK have signed agreements with the ARTEC consortium for the production of the Boxer multirole armoured fighting vehicle.
The ARTEC consortium comprises Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Landsysteme from Germany, and Rheinmetall Nederland.
The Boxer armoured wheeled vehicle has been offered to the British Army as its latest advanced mechanised infantry vehicle (MIV).
If selected, at least 60% of the vehicle’s value creation and all of its final assembly will be carried out in the UK.
ARTEC has defined a competitive process that ensures main partners and their supply chains provide the best value to the UK taxpayer. This was initiated as part of a ‘competition within collaboration concept’.
The investment made by the company in the British value chain is estimated to retain or generate at least 1,000 job opportunities, particularly in the West Midlands, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast and the north-east regions.
The partnership between the UK firms and ARTEC will help ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country are involved in the MIV supply chain.
The Boxer vehicles are operated by several armed forces.
In December last year, first two Boxer vehicles were delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces Vehicle and Equipment Depot, 16 months after the signing of the contract.