Rolls-Royce Solutions UK’s MTU engine has been selected by WFEL and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), a BAE Systems and Rheinmetall AG joint venture, for Boxer armoured vehicles.

The new Boxers for the British Army will be equipped with Rolls-Royce’s MTU 8v 199 TS21 engines. This will deliver 70kw more power than the previous versions of the engine.

The engines have a power output of 600kw and will improve operational mobility and provide a higher electrical load. 

Rolls-Royce will serve as one of the suppliers to support the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme.

As part of the MIV programme, as many as 523 units will be produced in Rolls-Royce’s facility in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

WFEL and RBSL, part of Boxer Joint Procurement Team, have engaged suppliers in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

In February 2020, WFEL announced that it will manufacture a portion of the British Army’s 500 new Boxer MIVs as part of a £2.3bn vehicle procurement deal.

Under the agreement, up to 60% of the vehicles by value will be sourced in the UK, with work divided between WFEL and RBSL.

Under its contract with WFEL, Rolls-Royce deliver engines to WFEL’s UK partner David Brown Santasalo, where the engines will be integrated into the ‘Boxer Powerpack Assemblies’.

The initial delivery of the engines is scheduled to take place later this year.

RBSL will take up the assembly and testing of the Boxer Powerpack at its manufacturing site in Telford.

The engines will then be integrated into Boxer vehicles at RBSL and WFEL’s UK facilities.

WFEL Boxer Programme director Andrew Munt said: “Boxer vehicle hull production is now well under way here at WFEL in Stockport. 

“As we move into the vehicle assembly phase, we are delighted to contract with Rolls Royce for the supply of MTU engines.”

In April this year, the UK expanded the Boxer armoured vehicle programme to provide the British Army with 100 more vehicles.

This brings the total number on order to 623.