The Australian Ministry of Defence has announced that the Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) has reached initial operational capability.  

Under Project Land 400 Phase 2, the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Boxer will replace the Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAVs).

According to lieutenant general Simon Stuart, the Boxer is in service with the Australian Army’s 7th Brigade following Exercise Sea Raider that validated the vehicle’s performance.

As part of Project Land 400 Phase 2, Rheinmetall will manufacture five variants of the CRV at its facilities in Redbank, Queensland and Germany, in coordination with several Australian companies.

Under a contract worth $2.41bn, as many as 211 Boxer vehicles are expected to be ready by 2027.

The contract also requires Rheinmetall to continue to upgrade the vehicle at its Redbank unit.

Lieutenant general Stuart said: “Exercise Sea Raider demonstrated the important capability boost provided by the Boxer, and its place as part of the land force and joint operations.

“The Boxer will protect our soldiers in high-threat environments as they seek information about an adversary. This information will then help direct our combined arms fighting system for best combat effectiveness.

“The Boxer can fight its way out of trouble using its 30mm cannon, and as we have just seen during Exercise Sea Raider, can be deployed from amphibious ships.”

The vehicle is expected to enhance troop survivability and operational efficiency.    

“This project is a great example of the way defence and industry work together to deliver large-scale and complex capabilities,” added Stuart.

Earlier this year, the Australian Army conducted wet and dry environmental rehearsals with two Boxer CRVs at Cowley Beach training area in Queensland.