Australia received its first Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles

CAMBERRA, BM, ($1=1,29 AUD) – In 2018, the Australian Ministry of Defense chose the German company Rheinmetall to deliver 211 combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRV) Boxer 8×8 under a deal worth $ 4.02 billion. Today, the German company announced that they had delivered the first 25 combat reconnaissance vehicles in a press release.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia Has Been Awarded a €2.1 billion Boxer CRV Contract
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Australia has a program to increase its intelligence capabilities, and these new vehicles are part of it. This program calls Land 400 Phase 2; Australia received 13 multifunctional and 12 reconnaissance variants of the Boxers. The company announced that it had produced combat vehicles according to the requirements set by Canberra, and a process for training future Australian crews is forthcoming.

According to a pre-specified and approved delivery plan, Canberra expects the remaining vehicles next year, including all variants of reconnaissance, command, surveillance machines, and those for ambulance and fire safety. These combat reconnaissance vehicles are manufactured on-site in Australia through the local branch of the German leader – Rheinmetall Defense Australia, located southwest of Brisbane.

The new war machines expect to begin the entire operation immediately by the Australian military, as a large-scale exercise is currently underway in Queensland and will run until June 7.

More investments

Australia continues to invest in almost all domains of its defense industry. This year, it became clear that Canberra had commissioned a prototype project for an autonomous robotic anti-mine device. The participants in the project are clear – Downer Defense Systems, Urban Circus, EPE, and Insitu Pacific.

The four companies will develop a prototype based on Muskito – an integrated concept for combating explosive devices. Muskito is a product of Downer Defense Systems. The primary function of Muskito is to detect explosive threats both on the surface and underground. After seeing them, it sends a signal to the operator using a visual interface.

A press release from Downer Defense Systems shows that the company will play a leading role in developing the new prototype. According to Andrew Foster, such a project strengthens the Australian government’s desire to work in the local industrial community, creating additional jobs in the country. Andrew Foster is the CEO of Downer Defense Systems.

Defense Innovation Center

The project to develop a prototype of an autonomous integrated system to counter explosive threats is a project of the Australian Department of Defense Innovation Defense Center or Hub.

It is a hub linked to the country’s defense industry, whose primary goal is to improve Australia’s defense capabilities by investing in military developments.

The center’s budget for the current decade is $ 800 million. These millions invest in research and prototyping. Nearly $ 250 million has been invested so far, according to preliminary information from the Australian Ministry of Defense.

The hub does not only consider proposals from military companies. On the contrary, all academic, business, and research organizations in the military and private sectors can participate in applications. Innovative proposals receive funding and a deadline for submitting the prototype.

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