The British Defence Secretary has proclaimed that the British Army will get more than 500 Boxer 8×8 high mobility, network-enabled armored vehicles. The primary role of the Boxer armored vehicles is to transport troops onto the frontline.
‘Our men and women of the Armed Forces deserve to have the best equipment to do their job. The Boxer vehicle is a leader in its field and I look forward to it arriving in units from 2023’, Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, said.
The vehicles will grow part of the British Army’s Strike brigades. The Strike brigades are new units set up to deploy rapidly over long distances across varied terrains. Boxer armored vehicle is modular by design to meet these requirements – the same vehicle base can be rapidly reconfigured to fill different roles on the battlefield, from carrying troops across deserts to treating severely injured service personnel on the journey to the hospital.
Initially, the British Army will buy a mixture of the troop-carrying variant, ambulances, command vehicles, and specialist designs to carry various military equipment.
‘This is excellent news for the Army and I’m delighted that we can now move forward with a contract for the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle. We are looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Army and our partners across the industry to deliver the best equipment and support for our troops’, Sir Simon Bollom, Chief Executive of Defence, Equipment and Support (DE&S), said.
The United Kingdom announced in 2018 that it would re-join the Boxer program within the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) and explore options to modernize its vehicle fleet and meet the Army’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle requirement. The UK played a central role in the original design, development and testing of the Boxer armored vehicle. In re-joining the program last year, the UK reassumed the rights it had as a project partner.
‘I am delighted that we have committed to delivering the Mechanised Infantry capability through the purchase of around 500 battle-winning Boxer vehicles for the British Army. Boxer completes the suite of platforms to equip our new state-of-the-art STRIKE brigade where, alongside Ajax, Boxer’s low logistic need, extended reach, high-mobility, and advanced digitization will ensure STRIKE is ready for any global scenario’, Major General Simon Hamilton, Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Programme lead for the British Army, said.