Thales has welcomed the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) decision to procure the mechanised infantry vehicle (MIV) through the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR).
The Artec joint venture (JV) company comprises Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. It has collaborated with a consortium of UK Defence Companies, including Thales UK, to provide the Boxer 8×8 armoured vehicle for the MIV programme through the OCCAR framework.
Thales’ participation in the programme will help generate new job opportunities in the UK, supporting and sustaining highly skilled roles at sites in Glasgow, Belfast, and Bristol.
The company will also be able to sustain several additional jobs throughout its supply chain in Scotland and across the UK.
According to Artec, Boxer vehicles are capable of offering value for money and delivering an off-the-shelf ability that completely satisfies MIV programme requirements.
The contract for the MIV programme will enable Thales to deliver improved support for the Artec JV in the export market.
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Developed by Artec, the Boxer 8×8 armoured vehicle is flexible, modular and future-proofed, equipped with ballistic and mine protection. It enables any mission module configuration with a payload of up to 15t.
Recently, the Australian Army has also selected the Boxer 8×8 vehicle for its Land 400 Phase II programme.