The German and Dutch armies will receive new versions of the Boxer all-terrain armoured utility vehicles thanks to new development and series production contracts being set in place.

The contracts were signed by officials from OCCAR-EA and ARTEC in order to make necessary changes in homologation requirements and also to allow for changes in qualification procedures that are more focused on the quality of the series vehicles than was the case on the prototypes.

The Boxer vehicles provide balanced capabilities of transport-capacity, mobility, protection, survivability, growth potential and efficient life-cycle costs. Boxer can operate in high intensity conflict, in rapid reaction peace support and in humanitarian operations.

The unique drive module and an exchangeable mission module make the Boxer a flexible military vehicle allowing for maximum strategic and tactical deployability in a wide range of operational scenarios. The unique modular concept also offers major opportunities for developing new vehicle variants.

Four different versions will be delivered to Germany and five different vehicle versions to the Netherlands.

The contracted changes have already been introduced into the series production, with the first drive module hulls and mission modules for the vehicles now on the assembly line of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW).

The programme is on track for the roll-out of the first Boxer series vehicles on 10 September 2009 at KMW facilities in Munich.