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The British Army intends to acquire a new initial fleet of more than 500 eight-wheeled multirole armored Boxer vehicles. The Boxer is an 8×8 all-terrain heavily armored utility vehicle that is being developed in nine different variants. In April, the British MoD named the Boxer vehicle as the best choice for Army brigades
The UK MoD has given a green light to Artec to invite British companies with their new contractible proposals for the Boxer vehicles project. Artec is a joint venture company formed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and Rheinmetall Military Vehicles Nederland, and is responsible for leading the production of the UK Boxers.
UK Defense Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew said: “A new 8×8 armored vehicle is a key part of our British Army’s future, and today marks a big step towards equipping our soldiers with this brand-new troop carrier. “British companies are stepping up to the plate yet again for a project which could support up to 1,000 jobs across the country, and it is great to give the industry the green light to now pull together a full plan of action.”
Artec will now have to complete its supplier selection process and provide a formal proposal to the UK MoD next year, according to army-technology.com.
In March this year, the British Army rejoined the Boxer program with an aim to modernize and upgrade its vehicle fleet and meet the mechanized infantry vehicle (MIV) requirement.
Under the deal, the new fleet of troop carriers is expected to be fully assembled in the UK with at least 60% of the production to be carried out by the British companies.
The British had come to the same conclusion as the Australian Army, which recently announced it was purchasing the Boxer, as reported by defensenews.com.