Munich, London 03. April 2018 – The British Ministry of Defence announced on March 31st that it will re-join the Boxer-programme. With this, the United Kingdom, which played a major role in the vehicle’s design, development and testing from 1999 to 2004, has taken the first step to become one of the major Boxer-User-Nation. The negotiations are conducted by the Organization for Joint Armaments Cooperation (OCCAR) and ARTEC.
The framework conditions for the collective procurement of this vehicle with other nations have not changed since the initial phase of the Boxer programme. With three countries already actively using it – Germany, the Netherlands and Lithuania – there are many advantages not only in procurement, but also in the application phase. Together with partners BAE Systems, Pearson Engineering and Thales UK, the ARTEC Consortium will thus be creating or securing over 1,000 jobs in the United Kingdom.
In early 2018 leading British companies in the defence sector BAE Systems, Pearson Engineering and Thales UK have signed agreements with the ARTEC consortium as partners for the production of BOXER. Should the armoured wheeled vehicle be selected as the British Army’s next generation Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV), at least 60% of BOXER’s value creation and 100% of final assembly will take place in Britain. To ensure the best value to the British tax payer, ARTEC has defined a competitive process for the main partners and their supply chains to follow.
ARTEC’s investment in the UK value chain is estimated to secure or create at least 1,000 jobs all across the country. The UK partnership approach will ensure that British companies are fully embedded in the MIV supply chain. Rolls Royce, Parker-Hannifin, WFEL and British subsidiaries of the ARTEC parent companies will also supply British content.
On December 15th 2017, the first two BOXER vehicles for the Lithuanian Army were delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces Vehicle and Equipment Depot already 16 months after contract signature.
The handing over ceremony took place at the 18th December in Kaunas (LTU). Because the provided BOXER’s are intended for Driver training purposes they do not feature a turret.
The first BOXER APC featuring A2 configuration was delivered on 30th November 2017 to the German Army. Changes compared to the A1 configuration resulted from experiences made during the successful deployment to Afghanistan.
With the 2nd batch of BOXER vehicles, the German Army ordered a total of 405 BOXER in different configurations.
As per end 2016 the 400th BOXER of the multi-lateral BOXER Programme between Germany, The Netherlands and Lithuania has been delivered to the Royal Netherlands Army. This BOXER was delivered in the NL Prioneer Variant. The final BOXER vehicle of the first batch for The Netherlands will be delivered begin 2018, summing up to 200 BOXER vehicles for the Netherlands Armed Forces. In total more than 696 BOXER vehicles are ordered, with deliveries lasting until 2021 to Germany and Lithuania.
On August 22, 2016, OCCAR on behalf of the Republic of Lithuania and ARTEC signed a contract for the procurement of BOXER Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
The contract comprises the delivery of 88 BOXER vehicles in four Infantry Fighting Vehicle versions developed for Lithuania which will be called “VILKAS” within the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The Infantry Fighting Vehicles will be equipped with a remote controlled turret with a 30 mm cannon and an anti-tank missile. First Lithuanian BOXER vehicles will be delivered by the end of 2017. The BOXER vehicle will provide the Lithuanian Army on short term with a state of the art, mechanised infantry capability.
On 8 March 2016 the first BOXER Cargo Version has been delivered to the NL Army. The Cargo version is the fourth out of five BOXER versions for the NL Army. So far the Driver Training Vehicle, the Ambulance and the Command Post version have been delivered or are still in delivery. The Cargo version can carry up to 2,500 kg of load highly protected in a BOXER vehicle. The crew consists of the driver, the commander and the gunner. The NL-Army ordered a toal of 200 BOXER vehicles in a first batch. Deliveries will last until 2018.
On December 18, 2015, the ARTEC has signed a contract for a second batch of 131 BOXER for the German Army with OCCAR. All 131 vehicles will be in a new configuration of the Armoured Personnel Carrier (Gepanzertes Transportfahrzeug). The vehicles and related logistic deliveries will be delivered from 2016 to 2020 to the German Army.
With the second batch, the number of contracted vehicles rises up to 603 vehicles for the Armies of Netherlands (200 vehicles) and Germany (now 403 vehicles). So far the Netherland’s Army has contracted five versions whereas the German Army has contracted four versions in different configurations. All vehicles are based on the identical BOXER Drive Module.
On December 11, 2015 ARTEC with the BOXER vehicle has been declared preferred bidder by the Lithuanian State Defence Council for the Lithuanian Infantry Fighting Vehicle Programme. BOXER has been selected as the preferred vehicle amongst 10 offers.
From 2017 to 2020 in total 88 vehicles with a medium calibre turret are requested by the Lithuanian Army. The Procurement is foreseen to be managed via OCCAR with Lithuania joining the only true European Vehicle Programme – the BOXER.
On 31 of July 2015 the first out of 60 BOXER Command Post vehicle for the Royal Netherlands Army has been delivered. It is the third version of the BOXER vehicle for the Royal Netherlands Army that is in delivery, as all Driver Training Vehicles and nearly all Ambulance vehicles already have been delivered. The remaining versions GNGP (Engineering Vehicle) and Cargo are expected to be delivered from begin 2016 onwards. In total the Royal Netherlands Army has ordered a total of 200 vehicles in a first batch.
End June 2015 the 300. BOXER vehicle has been delivered to the customers according to contract. The vehicle was an Ambulance BOXER for the Royal Netherlands Army. In total the Army of Germany and the Royal Netherlands Army have ordered 472 vehicles in a first batch.
End 2014 the last BOXER returned from its deployment by the German Army in Afghanistan. During the operation in Afghanistan the vehicles performed up to the expectations of the German Army. In total 38 BOXER in the versions APC (GTFz), Command Post (FüFz) and Ambulance (sgSanKfz) have been deployed to Afghanistan to support the ISAF troops since 2011.
In June 2014, the first BOXER Ambulance vehicles for the Royal Netherlands Army have been formally handed-over from the Defence Material Organisation to the Royal Netherlands Army in a ceremony at Oirschoot barracks.
In April 2014, the first BOXER Ambulance vehicle has been delivered to the Defence Material Organisation. It was the first out of 52 Ambulance vehicles for the Royal Netherlands Army and now the second BOXER version in operation, as all Driver Training vehicles have already been delivered.
Delivery of all Ambulance vehicles is scheduled until begin 2015.
The BOXER is deployed to Afghanistan since summer 2011. Due to its reliability and perfect match to the environment and threats, the German Army also deployed the BOXER Command Post (FüFz) and the Ambulance (sgSanKfz) to Afghanistan – operating in concert with the Armoured Personnel Carrier (GTFz).
In August 2013, the first BOXER has been delivered to the Army of the Netherlands. The Driver Training BOXER is the first of a total of 8 Driver Training vehicles to be delivered until January 2014. These vehicles are used to train the drivers and commanders on a real BOXER, prior operating another BOXER version. From January 2014 onwards, the next version – the NL BOXER Ambulance – will be delivered, followed by the Command Post in 2015 and the Cargo and the Pioneer Vehicle in 2016. Until 2018, a total of 200 BOXER vehicles will be delivered to the Netherlands Army.
In August, the 200th BOXER series vehicle has been delivered to OCCAR, the representative of the customer nations Germany and the Netherlands.
The German Army ordered 272 BOXER vehicles in the versions Driver Trainer, Armoured Personnel Carrier, Ambulance and Command Post. The Army of the Netherlands ordered 200 BOXER vehicles in the versions Driver Trainer, Ambulance (Medevac), Command Post, Cargo and Pioneer.
January 2013 – After a significant re-design and adaptations to latest requirements, as well as introducing a new BOXER variant, the first BOXER vehicles for the Netherlands Army will be delivered mid 2013. In total 200 vehicles in 5 variants will be delivered until 2017.
December 2012 – Until December 2012, a total of 180 BOXER vehicles have been delivered to the German Army – 81 Armoured Personnel Carriers (GTFz), 65 Command Post (FüFz), 13 Ambulances (sgSanKfz) and 10 Driver Training Vehicles.
December 2012 – In December 2012, the last of 65 German Command Post BOXER (FüFz) has been delivered to the German Army.
The last FüFz was already in the configuration A1, which includes further improvements and adaptations to the deployment in Afghanistan, encompassing further protection, new communication equipment and several changes in the interior.
All FüFz A0 vehicles will be upgraded to the A1 version.
December 2012 – In December 2012, the first 6 German Ambulance BOXER (sgSanKfz) have been deployed to AFG. They are supporting the troops with new capabilities and possibilities.
As per January 2013, now 31 BOXER are being in operation in Northern Afghanistan – 17 Armoured Personnel Carriers (GTFz), 8 Command Posts (FüFz) and 6 Ambulances (sgSanKfz).
It is fair to mention the first positive feed back from the German user of the vehicle in Afghanistan – BOXER is now a battle proven vehicle.
August 2011 – With delivery of the first BOXER Ambulance vehicle, all four German BOXER versions are now in series delivery. The four German BOXER versions comprise the BOXER APC an armoured troop-carrier with space for the crew of three (commander, driver and gunner) plus up to eight infantry soldiers.
The BOXER Command Post provides space for also a crew of three and two additional soldiers. It further provides a variety of radio transmitters for secured communication and data transmission and features /equipment for briefing and mission planning.
The German BOXER Ambulance is designed with a higher roof to allow the medic staff first aid, and even more intensive treatment, of casualties in upright position. It can carry up to 7 casualties in seated position or up to three casualties on stretchers in addition to the crew.
The fourth German BOXER variant is the Driver Training Vehicle, specifically designed to train the soldiers in handling of the BOXER prior a mission deployment. All 10 contracted DTVs have been delivered to the German Army meanwhile.
July 2011 – Five APC BOXER are on their way to Afghanistan to support the German troops under the ISAF mission with its excellent level of protection, mobility and survivability.
The new APC BOXER, specifically equipped for this mission, will be deployed by one of the German training and protection battalions in the area of Mazar-e Sharif. ‘This step represents a significant increase of protection and mobility for the German soldiers in theatre’ - said Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Werner Freers - ‘it is a good day for our soldiers deployed in peace-missions around the world.’
May 2011 – The first BOXER (in the version of GTFz/APC) was handed over from the German BWB (Federal Agency for Defence Technology and Procurement) to the Heeresamt (Federal German Army Agency). Subsequently the vehicle was handed over by the President of the BWB, Harald Stein, to the Chief of the Heeresamt, Major General Wolf-Joachim Clauss in a ceremony at the army training centre in Letzlingen.
‘After a successful, extensive, multinational development phase this state-of-the-art, armoured, wheeled vehicle is now finally handed over to the German Army, here at the excellent training ground Letzlingen’ - said Mr. Harald Stein in his ceremonial speech.
The hand over of the BOXER GTFz (APC) was executed by purpose on the army training ground in Letzlingen, as a few months ago the Mechanized Infantry Battalion 292 started its training for the Afghanistan mission there.