The Australian Army has completed wet and dry environmental rehearsals (WADER) with two Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRVs).

The trials were held at Cowley Beach training area in Queensland as part of Exercise Sea Explorer.

During the exercise, 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment troops conducted ship-to-shore training serials.

The amphibious task group troops launched the 38t vehicle from a landing helicopter deck landing craft and then transported them to shore.

With the completion of the WADER serials, the Boxers, along with task group troops, will take part in live-fire Exercise Sea Raider to be held later this year.

The Boxer exceeds the Australian light armoured vehicle in providing an enhanced protected platform with more fire power and mobility.

2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment Boxer troop leader lieutenant Stefano Rankin said: “It’s been a great opportunity to introduce this new capability into the amphibious force, and being a part of that journey has been an exciting process.

“Working with our partners in the Australian Navy will enable us to deploy around Australia, and potentially around the globe, and force project with the Boxer to make the most of its capability.”

In November 2020, the Australian Army completed a series of beach trials with the Boxer CRVs as part of Exercise Sea Wader 2020.

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has been procuring the armoured vehicles under its $4.03bn (A$5.2bn) LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability programme.

As part of this, the Australian Army received the first 25 of 211 Boxer 8×8 CRVs from Rheinmetall in June 2021.