German Army to receive 131 Boxer armoured personnel carriers

20 December 2015 (Last Updated December 20th, 2015 18:30)

The Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany (BMVg) has decided to purchase a second batch of new Boxer armoured personnel carriers (APC) for the German Army.

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The Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany (BMVg) has decided to purchase a second batch of new Boxer armoured personnel carriers (APC) for the German Army.

131 APCs will be supplied to the army under contracts signed by European armaments agency OCCAR and Artec.

The Boxer APC can carry up to ten men when configured as a squad transport vehicle.

The vehicles' spaced and sloped armour solutions protect against mines, IEDs, and ballistic threats.

It also features a FLW 200 remote-controlled light weapon station, which is installed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

"The vehicles' spaced and sloped armour solutions protect against mines, IEDs, and ballistic threats."

The vehicle also supports infantryman of the future (IdZ) technology developed for the German Army.

It offers a top speed of 103km/h, a class-leading range of 1,050km, and extreme mobility, as well as self-defence weaponry and a heavy payload capacity.

The vehicles are scheduled to be delivered between 2017 and 2021.

The contract will increase the number of German Boxer vehicles to 405, and the total number of German and Netherlands Boxer vehicles to 605.

A previous contract saw the Netherland's Army receiving five versions of the vehicle, while the German Army received four versions.

Last week, the Lithuanian State Defence Council awarded a similar contract to the company to supply 88 vehicles for the Lithuanian infantry fighting vehicle programme.


Image: The OCCAR and Artec officials signing the contract. Photo: courtesy of OCCAR.