The British Army intends to acquire a new initial fleet of more than 500 eight-wheeled multirole armoured Boxer vehicles.
To this end, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has given a green light to Artec to invite British companies with their new contractible proposals for the Boxer vehicles project.
Artec is a joint venture company formed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and Rheinmetall Military Vehicles Nederland, and is responsible for leading the production of the UK Boxers.
UK Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew said: “A new 8×8 armoured vehicle is a key part of our British Army’s future, and today marks a big step towards equipping our soldiers with this brand-new troop carrier.
“British companies are stepping up to the plate yet again for a project which could support up to 1,000 jobs across the country, and it is great to give the industry the green light to now pull together a full plan of action.”
With the go ahead, Artec will now have to complete its supplier selection process and provide a formal proposal to the UK MoD next year.
In March this year, the British Army rejoined the Boxer programme with an aim to modernise and upgrade its vehicle fleet and meet the mechanised infantry vehicle (MIV) requirement.
Under the deal, the new fleet of troop carriers is expected to be fully assembled in the UK with at least 60% of the production to be carried out by the British companies, thereby sustaining and developing the industrial capabilities, facilities and skills of the country.
The BOXER is an 8×8 all-terrain heavily armoured utility vehicle that is being developed in nine different variants.