UK details Boxer variants and confirms plans for bigger fleet
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UK details Boxer variants and confirms plans for bigger fleet

By Harry Lye 17 Jun 2021 (Last Updated June 17th, 2021 16:45)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has released more details on what variants of Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIV) it is acquiring and confirmed it is looking to increase the overall size of its Boxer fleet.

UK details Boxer variants and confirms plans for bigger fleet
Boxer MIV at the 2019 Army Combat Power Demonstration (ACPD). Image: MOD/ Crown Copyright.

The British Army is set to receive 523 Boxer MIVS across four variants; Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), Equipment Support, Command, Control, Communication, Computers & Information (C4I), and ambulances.

In its March Defence Command Paper, the MOD said that Boxer would replace the in-service Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle. However, this will be an indirect replacement with Boxer operating alongside Ajax, Challenger 3, and Apache attack helicopters as part of a ‘networked combat system of systems operating concept.’

Responding to a Parliamentary question about details of the Boxer order, Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin said: “Details of the variants of Boxer currently on order by quantity can be found in the table below.

“The department is looking to enhance and uplift the size of the total UK Boxer order as we work to implement the Integrated Review. This may include new variants and partnering opportunities with industry and our allies.”

While the UK has not ordered a turreted variant of the Boxer, the British Army is analysing potential lethality enhancements that could see an infantry fighting variant of the vehicle procured in the future.

The UK is also currently looking to procure a new mobile fires platform to replace or upgrade the in-service AS90 self-propelled artillery. A potential candidate for the future artillery system could be the Boxer-based Remote Controlled Howitzer 155mm (RCH155) built by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann.

Of its 523 Boxer MIVs, the UK will receive 85 infantry carrying vehicles, 60 engineer section vehicles, 62 recce and fire support vehicles, 28 mortar carriers, and 50 equipment support and repair platforms.

The British Army will also acquire a mix of 123 command and control vehicles and C2-utility vehicles, 19 observation post vehicles, 24 beyond-line-of-sight platforms, 11 electronic warfare & SIGINT (signals intelligence) vehicles and 61 ambulances.

The UK vehicles Remote Weapon Stations will be equipped with a mix of Heavy Machine Guns (HMG), Grenade Machine Guns (GMG) and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG).

Some Boxer variants are also expected to be equipped with Javelin anti-tank missiles that will be capable of being fired from under armour.

The configuration of the mortar carrying Boxer is said to be subject to ongoing investigation following the publication of the UK’s Integrated Review.