British Boxer AFV gets a 600kW MTU engine and a higher electric load

LONDON ($1=0.82 British Pounds) — Armored fighting vehicle [AFV] Boxer of the British army will be equipped with a new engine. This is a Rolls Royce Solutions UK MTU 8v 199 TS21 engine. The selection was made by WFEL and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land [RBSL]. These two companies operate the Boxer project in the UK.

British Boxer AFV gets a 600kW MTU engine and a higher electric load
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The new engine will bring higher power output to the vehicles – 600kW. That’s 70kW more power output than previous Boxer versions. The new engine will give British machines a higher electrical load, operational mobility, and flexibility. The MTU 8v 199 TS21 engine will power a Boxer for the first time. I.e. British Boxer vehicles will be the first Boxers powered by the MTU 8v 199 TS21.

Integration and tests

The integration of the new engines will take place at the WFEL base. Before that, however, Rolls Royce must produce 523 engines. The next step is to have these engines tuned in Huddersfield by David Brown Santasalo – another partner in the Boxer program in the UK. This company should integrate the engines into their complete units. When this process is complete, WFEL will receive the engines for follow-up work.

The other key partner – RBSL will have to carry out assembly and testing. The tests include checking various systems, such as the transmission, engine, and cooling systems. Basically, RBSL does these activities at its manufacturing site in Telford.

UK to get extra Boxer MIVs, 600 kW MTU engine will power them
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Only when all these processes are completed can the engines be integrated into the armored infantry vehicles. The new engines are part of the UK MoD’s Mechanized Infantry Vehicle [MIV] program.

The Boxer program is one of the largest defense programs in the UK. It is a test of a sustainable logistics chain, as several companies are involved. They all deliver in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Initially, London decided to purchase 523 armored fighting vehicles for the infantry. At the beginning of this year, however, London decided to increase the order by another 100 units. Thus, in the inventory of the British infantry, there will be a total of 623 units of the Boxer AFV.


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