UK to get extra Boxer MIVs, 600 kW MTU engine will power them
LONDON, ($1=0.77 British Pounds) — The British Armed Forces will receive 100 additional Boxer armored vehicles, bringing the British Boxer program to a total of 623 vehicles, the British Prime Minister announced on April 8, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Soldat & Technik.
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The UK Ministry of Defense said in a statement that these additional vehicles will be manufactured in both the UK and Germany, while all production will be moved to the UK. “The UK and Germany have worked closely together on the Boxer program for the British Army, with the UK-built Boxer benefiting from German know-how, German data, and German cooperation,” the statement said.
While all other user nations will power the boxers with a 530 kW MTU diesel engine [MTU 8V 199 TE 20], the UK boxers will be fitted with a 600 kW diesel engine [MTU 8V 199 TE21, the same as in the Ajax Scout] and for an overall weight of 38.5 tons approved. External characteristics include a new rim-tire combination. The specific output increases to 15.6 kW/ton [Bundeswehr Boxer: 14.8; Australian Boxer: 13.8].
The UK’s mechanized infantry program includes four types of Ground Boxer armored vehicles. These are Mechanized Infantry Vehicle Protected Mobility [MIV-PM], Mechanized Infantry Vehicle Command and Control [MIV-CC], Mechanized Infantry Vehicle Ambulance [MIV-A], and Boxer Mechanized Infantry Vehicle Repair and Recovery [MIV-REC]. However, it is not clear from the press release of the UK Ministry of Defense whether the additional 100 Boxer units are of one type or distributed among the four types.
According to British information, Boxer production for the British armed forces has already started. The first 117 vehicles will be built on German assembly lines, while the UK plants in Telford and Stockport will produce the remaining 506 vehicles. The main production sites will be the British plant of Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land [RBSL] and the KMW subsidiary WFEL. The first systems are to be delivered to the troops in 2023.
The UK rejoined the Boxer program in 2018 and in 2019 has over 500 Boxers in four different variants – infantry carrier, specialist carrier, command post, and an ambulance – with a combined value of £2.8 billion [currently equivalent to around 3.36 billion euros].
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