05 Nov 19. The UK MoD announced today that a contract worth £2.8bn has been signed to provide state-of-the-art Boxer 8×8 armoured fighting vehicles to the British Army.
The Defence Secretary has announced that the army will receive more than 500 Boxer 8×8 high mobility, network-enabled armoured vehicles to transport troops onto the frontline.
The vehicles will form part of the Army’s Strike brigades, new units set up to deploy rapidly over long distances across varied terrains.
Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, said: “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.”
BATTLESPACE Comment: Its been a long journey but at last, after 28 years, the British Army has the 8×8 vehicle it requires for battlefield mobility. The Boxer is undoubtedly the right choice for the British Army in terms of mobility and supportability and, together with the industrial package headed by RBSL, the BAE Systems, Rheinmetall Company, will bring the required industrial participation and export opportunities from the UK.