The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed an agreement to automate supply chain management for Boxer vehicles.

The agency signed the agreement with German firm Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann (KMW) to enable material and supply chain management automation for land systems.

The move marks the first time that NSPA will be providing automation capability for land-based systems.

NSPA life cycle management director Rudolf Maus said: “This is an important milestone for leveraging material and supply chain automation into the Land Systems domain, in line with our lifecycle management prioritised development lines.

“NSPA has been providing this capability for many years in the air systems domain to the benefit of our customer nations and their armed forces. Now, this milestone will enable higher levels of effectiveness and efficiency also in the land system domain.”

The new capability is expected to improve supply chain management for the Boxer vehicles by automating material management process for thousands of items.

This will lead to the establishment of automated process flow between the users and the vendor benefitting user nations.

Currently, Germany, Lithuania and the Netherlands use this armoured fighting vehicle. The British Army is also set to start using Boxer vehicles in near future.

Since 2001, NSPA has been providing automation capability in the air system domain. It started by offering process automation and end-to-end integration for the NH90 and TIGER helicopters. Later this was expanded to include other systems such as A400M aircraft.