LONDON, (BM) – The British Ministry of Defense has signed a contract to supply the armed forces of the kingdom of armored personnel carriers GTK Boxer with 8×8 wheel formulas of various modifications, learned BulgarianMiitary.com, quoting Topwar.
An agreement worth 2,8 billion pounds has been signed with the European procurement Organization for Cooperation in the field of armaments (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation – OCCAR). Deliveries of armored personnel carriers will begin in the 2023 year.
The British War Department said that at the first stage, four modifications of the armored personnel carrier will be purchased: a linear armored personnel carrier, command and staff vehicle, a medical vehicle and an armament carrier. It is planned to equip the BTR Boxer (MIV) at the first stage of four motorized infantry battalions – two in two formed by the new “shock” brigades (Strike Brigade) of the British army.
In total, it is planned to purchase up to 900 armored vehicles with the wheel formula 8×8, while it was previously reported that the contract should provide for the ability to build and export vehicles from the UK, including the complete assembly of Boxer in the UK with at least 60% participation in the production of British industry.
Recall that the UK was originally part of the GTK Boxer BTR development program (MRAV) along with Germany and the Netherlands, but withdrew from it in 2003 to “create its own BTR”. However, in 2018, the UK Department of Defense announced its return to the program. Thus, Britain will become the fifth country after Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Australia, which received this armored personnel carrier.
The Boxer is a multipurpose armored personnel carrier with 8 × 8 wheel formula. This German-Dutch development has a modular design that allows it to carry various weapons, including automatic guns and anti-tank missiles. In addition, based on the Boxer, mobile command posts, armored medical vehicles, etc. Due to the additional composite armor, the BTR Boxer is considered one of the most secure machines in its class. With a full combat load, the armored personnel carrier weighs 36,5 t and is capable of speeds up to 103 km / h.
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