The Boxer is a German-Dutch multirole armoured fighting vehicle designed to accomplish a number of different operations by the use of installable mission modules. It is produced by the ARTEC GmbH (ARmoured vehicle TEChnology) industrial group, and the programme is being managed by OCCAR in Bonn.
ARTEC GmbH was founded in the year 1999 as a Joint Venture of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and Rheinmetall Military Vehicles Nederland. The company acts as the prime contractor. ARTEC is also fully in charge of the co-ordination of series production and is the point of contact for any future BOXER export project.
The Boxer is an eight-wheeled armored utility vehicle with 33 ton combat weight. The powerpack develops 530 KW/710 HP and moves the vehicle with a speed of up to 103 km/h. It is designed to carry out a variety of military missions with maximum flexibility; this is achieved via several different "mission modules" each of them specialized for a specific task. The base vehicle is independent from the modules, which can be interchanged between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Each module incorporates a safety cell with a triple floor, protecting the crew from mine blast effects. Key features of the BOXER are:
- Protection – Maximum Survivability;
- Payload – Integral growth potential;
- Performance – High mobility under extreme conditions, already proven in Afghanistan;
- Modularity – Interchangeable mission modules.
The following mission modules are available:
- Armored Personnel Carrier;
- Infantry Fighting Vehicle (module with turret);
- 120mm Mortar Module;
- Command Post Vehicle (C2)
- Module in 2 variants;
- Ambulance Module (DEU/NLD);
- Cargo Module;
- Cargo/C2 Module;
- Battle Damage Repair Module;
- Armored Engineer Module;
- Module for Driver Training.
On December 13, 2006 the German parliament approved the procurement of 272 Boxers for the German Army, to replace parts of its M113 and TPz 1 Fuchs vehicles fleets. On September 23, 2009, the first Boxer was officially handed over to the German Federal Office of Defense, Technology and Procurement (BWB). The Dutch Army will be equipped with 200 BOXER vehicles- production and delivery is currently on-going.
In early 2013 the German and Dutch Army have tasked NSPA, based upon a Feasibility Study, to support the BOXER based on the fast experience with other weapon systems in the field of logistics. Since June 2013 the BOXER is supported by the Rockets, Missiles, UAS, GPS, Combat Vehicles Programme at NSPA- in the following areas:
- Technical/egineering services
- Configuration management
- In-country training
- On-site support (Field Service Representatives)
NSPA does not stock weapon systems or ammunition in any of its facilities.
For further information please contact :
- Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC)
- Supply management and automation
- Maintenance, repair, engineering and calibration
- Naval Logistics Support
- Random Brokerage
- NATO Logistics Stock Exchange (NLSE)
- General Procurement Shared Services (GPSS)
- Demilitarization, Dismantling, and Disposal
- NATO Trust Fund projects
- Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Services
- Logistics Data Management
- Logistics Documentation Support
- Configuration Management
- NSPA Routing Hub
- BASELOG Codification Programme
- NATO Codification Support
- Interactive Electronic Technical Publications (IETPs)
- NATO Master Catalogue of References for Logistics (NMCRL)
- Electronic NATO Ammunition DataBase (eNADB)
- Electronic Customer Information Sytem (eCIS)