One year of Logistics Support provided by NSPA for the BOXER
09 September 2014
Although the acquisition phase for the GTK BOXER multirole armoured fighting vehicle project is not yet completed and responsibility for this phase still lies with the Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement (OCCAR), the transition towards the in-service phase has already started. With the intention to achieve similar positive effects during the sustainment phase of 30 years, the user nations Germany and The Netherlands tasked NSPA to investigate the opportunity to support this complex weapon system in the future, taking into account that commonality and interoperability have to be maintained in the future.
Following an extensive Feasibility Study – presented to the 16th Land combat Vehicle Support Partnership (LCV SP) Committee meeting in March 2013 – both nations decided to form a new project under the legal framework of the LCV SP. They tasked the Programme to establish the full range of logistic support, with the exception of maintenance for German assemblies. The ramp-up phase was set to June 2013 through June 2014. Activities have been initiated in the field of general management, technical support, contracting (ISS contract with the OEM ARTEC Corp.), maintenance, and supply. Both nations also followed the recommendation to establish a common stock at NSPA and beyond this, The Netherlands decided to task NSPA with the management of their national peculiar stock for BOXER.
In addition to the tasks already being executed, the Air and Land Combat Systems Programme has been tasked by German authorities to manage the pilot project “Life Cycle Cost Management” for the BOXER, which will be the forerunner for Land Combat Systems at the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw.) The BOXER project is being focused on by many nations and must prove that international logistics works satisfactorily under today’s stringent conditions and restrictions. Following a positive assessment and opinion of the customers, other systems may follow. Therefore, programme staff remains focused on ensuring that customer requirements are continuously fulfilled.
Photos: PIZ Heer, Mr. Krumbach.