DÜSSELDORF, Germany (BulgarianMilitary.com), 22 August 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Graham Robson-Parker (en.wikipedia.org)/Boxer configured for Australian Land 400 Phase 2 program
Rheinmetall Defence Australia has been awarded a €2.1 billion contract by Australia for delivery of 211 advanced 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to the Australian Army. That was announced by the company on its website on 17th August 2018, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The delivery of the Boxer CRVs is scheduled to be carried out between 2019 and 2026.
The contract was signed in Canberra on 17th August 2018 at Parliament House by the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull and the Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia Gary Stewart.
Rheinmetall Defence Australia and New Zealand is a subsidiary of Rheinmetall AG and has offices in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane (Australia).
Rheinmetall AG Chief Executive Armin Papperger commented, “This demonstrates, in no uncertain terms, the continued successful cooperation between Rheinmetall and the Government and Armed Forces of Australia. As a company, we are extremely pleased to have secured one of the biggest orders in the recent history of Rheinmetall.”
The Boxer wheeled armoured vehicle is already in service with, or being procured by, the armed forces of the Netherlands, Germany and Lithuania.
Head of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems Division Ben Hudson underlined, “The Boxer CRV is highly protected against both asymmetric threats that have been faced by Australian soldiers in recent operations, while also being highly protected against conventional battlefield threats that our soldiers may face one day in a conventional war-fighting scenario.”
The manufacturing of the ordered vehicles will be executed in partnership with the Queensland Government and will take place in a dedicated new facility in Queensland (Australia).
“This will allow us to establish as sovereign military vehicle industry in Australia that will underpin the enduring partnership with the Government to design, manufacture, deliver, support and modernise this world-leading capability,” commented Gary Stewart.
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