The German Dutch BOXER Armoured Fighting Vehicle

About the manufacturer of the The German Dutch BOXER Armoured Fighting Vehicle

ARTEC GmbH was founded in the year 1999. It is a Joint Venture of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Rheinmetall Landsysteme and Rheinmetall Netherland.ARTEC is responsible for the BOXER development programme for Germany and The Netherlands, acting as the prime contractor. ARTEC is further in charge of the co-ordination of series production and is the focal point organisation for any BOXER export cases.

The main tasks of ARTEC are:

Programme Management
System Engineering
Configuration Management
ILS Management
Contract Administration


About The German Dutch multi-role BOXER Armoured Fighting Vehicle

The BOXER is a multirole 8×8 wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicle. All BOXER’s have a uniform drive module that Specific Mission Modules are fitted to create a family of variants. The four key features of BOXER are:

Protection – Survivability without compromise
Payload – Integral growth potential
Performance – Excellent mobility under extreme conditions
Modularity – The mission changes, so does BOXER

The concept and design of the BOXER has been proven and qualified by extensive reliability and durability trials (180,000 km) with 12 prototypes in 9 different variants according to the challenging requirements of Germany and The Netherlands since 2003. An integrated Logistics Support concept has also been developed and qualified in parallel to the vehicle qualification.


Timeline of the BOXER’s Development

1990 – Major European armed forces need vehicles to face future threats.

1994 – Germany and France establish joint procurement and development study.

1995 – German, British and French governments work in close cooperation.

1996 – Competition between two Franco-German-British consortia.
Competing consortium TEAM International GTK/MRAV/VBCI.
Memorandum of Understanding between GKN, Krauss-Maffei, MaK (now part of Rheinmetall Landsysteme), Wegmann.
Establishment of ARGE GTK/MRAV/VBCI.
Concept studies of a 6×6 and a 8×8 vehicle.

1997 April – ARGE submitts offer to German Procurement Agency (BWB).
The Netherlands get the status of an observer of the Programme.

1998 April – ARGE GTK wins the competition.

1999 September – France leaves the Programme.
Foundation of ARTEC.
November – bilateral contract signature.

2000 – The European agency OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperátion en matierè d’ARmament) gets customer for ARTEC.

2001 February – The Netherlands become a full partner in the Programme.
Production start of 1st Boxer prototype.

2002 December – Rollout of the first German BOXER prototype.

2003 BOXER Prototype – ready for trials and tests.
July – UK MOD announces withdrawal from the Programme.

2004 November – Germany and the Netherlands sign bilateral contract.

2005 – Begin of Reliabilty Growth Trials with 3 prototypes.

2006 – Modified Armoured Personnel Carrier GE and Ambulance NL are presented at Eurosartory, Paris.
Modified APC starts trials.
December – Series Contract Signature.

2007 – Command Post GE modified starts trials.
Production start for 1st Ambulance GE Prototype.

2008
– Reliability Growth Trails after some 90,000 km successful finished.
Production starts for 1st Series vehicle.

2009 September 23rd – Rollout of the first BOXER Series Vehicle.


Production and Operators Of The multi role BOXER AFV

German Army

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The German Dutch BOXER Armoured Fighting Vehicle

The German Army ordered 272 BOXER vehicles in the versions Driver Trainer, Armoured Personnel Carrier, Ambulance and Command Post.

May 2011 – The first BOXER (in the version of GTFz/APC) was handed over to the German Army.
July 2011 – Five APC BOXER are on their way to Afghanistan to support the German troops under the ISAF mission in the area of Mazar-e Sharif.
August 2011 – With delivery of the first BOXER Ambulance vehicle, all four German BOXER versions are now in series delivery.
December 2012 – Deployment of 3 variants of BOXER into theatre.
December 2012 – The last of 65 German Command Post BOXER was delivered.

Royal Netherlands Army

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The German Dutch BOXER Armoured Fighting Vehicle

The Army of the Netherlands ordered 200 BOXER vehicles in the versions Driver Trainer, Ambulance (Medevac), Command Post, Cargo and Pioneer.

August 2013 – The first BOXER has been delivered to the Army of the Netherlands.
August 2013 – The first BOXER has been delivered to the Army of the Netherlands. The Driver Training BOXER is the first of a total of 8 Driver Training vehicles to be delivered until January 2014. These vehicles are used to train the drivers and commanders on a real BOXER, prior operating another BOXER version.

From January 2014 onwards, the next version – the NL BOXER Ambulance will be delivered, followed by the Command Post in 2015 and the Cargo and the Pioneer Vehicle in 2016.

Until 2018, a total of 200 BOXER vehicles will be delivered to the Netherlands Army. Dutch variants of the Boxer feature the Protector M151 Remote weapon station.


BOXER Armoured Personnel Carrier

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The APC variant of BOXER is a true mother ship for soldiers with multiple functions for the infantry and interfaces for network enabled warfare. The integral growth potential allows adaptation to future emerging military roles, or changing requirements without degrading the mobility performances. In a first batch the German Army ordered 125 BOXER vehicles in the APC variant.

The current APC variant supports leading edge communication systems e.g. IdZ (infantry soldier of the future) of the German Army. In which the APC provides interfaces to each soldier for updating navigational and tactical information as well as power outlets for charging the personnel electronic equipment. The mission module contains state-of-the art C3I architecture to integrate the BOXER APC variant in modern battlefield scenarios.

The APC can transport up to 8 dismounts, besides driver, commander and gunner.

The increased demand for protection against multiple threats in theatre is reflected in an integrated protection system already in a basic configuration of the APC, such as

Protection

Mine protection (AT blast, AP)
360° ballistic protection up to 14.5 mm also at 30° elevation
Protection against bomblets and artillery fragments
Mobility is not degraded with further up-armouring.

Mobility

Maximum speed 103 km/h
Minimum speed 3 km/h
Engine capacity (ISO) 530 kW (720 hp)
Range 1,050 Km
Max. straight gradient  60%
Max. slope gradient 30%
Trench crossing 2.0 m
Step climbing ability 0.8 m
Turning circle (skid steering) 15 m
Length 7.93 m
Width 2.99 m
Height (hull roof) 2.37 m
Ground clearance 0.50 m
Track  2.58 m
Protected volume 14 m³

Characteristics

Crew: 3+8 (1 driver, 1 commander, 1 weapon operator, 8 soldiers)
Speech/data transfer from every seat to BMS
3 hatches for “show of force”
Air Condition and NBC-protection systems
Fire extinguishing system (engine compartment)

Exemplary Options

Navigation system
Smoke-grenade launching system
Rear view camera
Fire extinguishing system (Mission Module)
Different protection kits
Remote controlled weapon station
5 hatches for “show of force”
Crew seats with airbags


BOXER Ambulance Vehicle

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Protected medical support on today’s battlefields gains importance as the special status of ambulance vehicles is no longer taken for granted. Ambulance vehicles have therefore to be protected to the same standard as combat vehicles and have to provide the same mobility to be able to follow them in high threat areas and to safeguard the casualties and crew. In a first batch the German Army ordered 72 and the Dutch Army 58 BOXER vehicles in different Ambulance variants.

The BOXER Ambulance vehicles are designed with a higher roof of the mission module and thereby provide:

17.5 m³ protected volume
floor-to-roof height of 1.85 m
In different layouts for the German and Dutch Armies the Ambulance vehicles are protected against the same threats as all other variants and provide the same level of safety. Therefore the BOXER ambulance is currently one of the best protected wheeled ambulance vehicles available.

Interior layout: several designs are possible. The Ambulance variants provide a wide range of flexibility regarding the number of casualties and their level of injury.

7 seated casualties or
3 stretcher casualties or
2 stretcher + 3 seated casualties or
1 stretcher casualty accessible from both sides and above
A variant focusing on transport of wounded and a variant for transport and treatment of wounded is available.

Mobility

Maximum speed 103 km/h
Minimum speed 3 km/h
Engine capacity (ISO) 530 kW (720 hp)
Range 1,050 Km
Max. straight gradient  60%
Max. slope gradient 30%
Trench crossing 2.0 m
Step climbing ability 0.8 m
Turning circle (skid steering) 15 m
Length 7.93 m
Width 2.99 m
Height (hull roof) 2.72 m
Ground clearance 0.50 m
Track  2.58 m
Protected volume 17.5 m³

Characteristics

High roof (2.72 m), floor-to-roof height 1.85 m
Crew: 3 (1 driver, 1 commander/doctor, 1 medical assistant)
Capacity:
7 seated casualties or 3 stretcher casualties or 2 stretcher and 3 seated casualties or 1 stretcher casualty for intensive treatment
Air Condition and NBC-protection systems
Fire extinguishing system (engine compartment)

Exemplary Options

Navigation system
Smoke-grenade launching system
Rear view camera
Fire extinguishing system (Mission Module)
Different protection kits
Additional optronic sight system for command- er to allow high hygiene standards onboard


BOXER Command Post Vehicle

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The Command Post variants of BOXER are the spearhead of command and control in theatre by acting as a centre for communication and control while being protected to a high level combined with superior mobility. Secured communication, displays for situation awareness in today’s complex battlefield scenarios and instruments for network enabled warfare are key characteristics of this variant. In a first batch the German Army ordered 65 (called “FüFz”) and the Dutch Army 55 BOXER vehicles in the Command Post variant.

In the configurations of the German and the Dutch Armies the vehicles provide a variety of radio transmitters for secured communication and data exchange. The Dutch configuration will be equipped with the latest C4I-architecture to be integral part of a new generation of vehicles. The German variant is enabled to fully support the IdZ-System (infantry soldier of the future) and will be equipped with a special 40″ display at the rear of the vehicle for briefing and to provide visual situation awareness to dismounted soldiers. Further on, it is equipped with a flexible seating arrangement, providing different seating positions for driving and stationary operation.

Protection

Mine protection (AT blast, AP)
360° ballistic protection up to 14.5 mm also at 30° elevation
Protection against bomblets and artillery fragments
Mobility is not degraded with further up-armouring.

Mobility

Maximum speed 103 km/h
Minimum speed 3 km/h
Engine capacity (ISO) 530 kW (720 hp)
Range 1,050 Km
Max. straight gradient  60%
Max. slope gradient 30%
Trench crossing 2.0 m
Step climbing ability 0.8 m
Turning circle (skid steering) 15 m
Length 7.93 m
Width 2.99 m
Height (hull roof) 2.37 m
Ground clearance 0.50 m
Track 2.58 m
Protected volume 14 m³

Characteristics

Crew: 2+3 (1 driver, 1 commander, 1 military commander and 2 staff)
3 hatches for visual situation awareness
Multifunctional 40” Display, also for briefing soldiers behind the opened rear ramp
Air Condition and NBC-protection systems
Fire extinguishing system (engine compartment)

Exemplary Options

Navigation system
Smoke-grenade launching system
Rear view camera
Fire extinguishing system (Mission Module)
Different protection kits
Remote controlled weapon station


BOXER Battle Damage Repair Vehicle

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To support the maximum availability of deployed vehicles and equipment the Battle Damage Repair variant of BOXER provides maintenance and diagnostic services on the battlefield, under protection and for a sustained period.

The vehicle and its crew can also execute logistic support tasks during combat operations to a range of land systems.

The Battle Damage Repair variant has a crew of four: driver, commander and two technicians.

This variant is also able to accommodate the special equipment, tools, expendable and non-expendable supplies needed to carry out diagnoses, maintenance and minor repairs if required.

By ensuring the availability of deployed vehicles and equipment, the Battle Damage Repair variant of the BOXER is of great value in safeguarding the crew and securing the success of any kind of military mission. As the vehicle is protected as any other BOXER variant, it can operate also in the front line, supporting combat vehicles.

Mobility

Maximum speed 103 km/h
Minimum speed 3 km/h
Engine capacity (ISO) 530 kW (720 hp)
Range 1,050 Km
Max. straight gradient  60%
Max. slope gradient 30%
Trench crossing 2.0 m
Step climbing ability 0.8 m
Turning circle (skid steering) 15 m
Length 7.93 m
Width 2.99 m
Height (hull roof) 2.37 m
Ground clearance 0.50 m
Track  2.58 m
Protected volume 14 m³

Characteristics

Crew: 4 (1 driver, 1 commander, 1 weapon operator/technician, 1 technician)
Additional optronic sight system for commander
Air Condition and NBC-protection systems
Fire extinguishing system (engine compartment)

Exemplary Options

Navigation system
Smoke-grenade launching system
Rear view camera
Fire extinguishing system (Mission Module)
Different protection kits
Remote controlled weapon station


BOXER Armoured Engineer Group Vehicle

Armoured Engineer Group Vehicle

The Armoured Engineer Group variant of BOXER will be deployed for the transport of troops and engineer group equipment. This variant enables the armoured engineer group to carry out the tactical military and other tasks assigned to them properly, under protection and over a sustained period of time. In a first batch the Dutch Army ordered 41 BOXER vehicles in the Armoured Engineer Group variant.

The Armoured Engineer Group variant has a driver, commander and gunner. It provides seating for six dismounts with space available for their personal equipment and an additional separate stowage section for munitions. It may be deployed as a support vehicle with other units or used for independent assignments such as route clearance, or as a protected work location during mine clearance or demolition operations.

The Armoured Engineer Group vehicle is very versatile and can be deployed for the following tasks:

Transport of personal
Transport of engineer group and group equipment
Transport of munitions and material for engineer tasks
Platform for the vehicle mounted weapon

Mobility

Maximum speed 103 km/h
Minimum speed 3 km/h
Engine capacity (ISO) 530 kW (720 hp)
Range 1,050 Km
Max. straight gradient  60%
Max. slope gradient 30%
Trench crossing 2.0 m
Step climbing ability 0.8 m
Turning circle (skid steering) 15 m
Length 7.93 m
Width 2.99 m
Height (hull roof) 2.37 m
Ground clearance 0.50 m
Track  2.58 m
Protected volume 14 m³

Characteristics

Crew: 3+6 (1 driver, 1 commander, 1 weapon operator plus 6 engineering group members)
2,500 kg of stowage compartment
Separate section of transport of Class V ammunition goods in the mission module
Additional optronic sight system for commander
Air Condition and NBC-protection systems
Fire extinguishing system (engine compartment)

Exemplary Options

Navigation system
Smoke-grenade launching system
Rear view camera
Fire extinguishing system (Mission Module)
Different protection kits
Remote controlled weapon station


BOXER Cargo Vehicle

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Adequate and timely re-supply is essential for a successful mission. The Cargo variant of the BOXER vehicle is capable of safely distributing over two tonnes of supply items to units on the battlefield.

The variant is equipped with an innovative system for safe and flexible cargo carrying and can transport a maximum of two standard one tonne army pallets. In a first batch the Dutch Army ordered 27 BOXER vehicles in the Cargo variant.

The Cargo variant is an excellent support vehicle and is capable of distributing supply items under protection to all reconnaissance and combat units in theatre. The vehicle provides its two man crew with the equipment they need to achieve optimum task performance during operational missions.

The interior design of the vehicle allows adaptation as necessary for different kinds of missions. For conducting peace keeping missions or other peace time operations the set of vehicle equipment can be changed and tailored to suit as required.

Mobility

Key features Maximum speed 103 km/h
Minimum speed 3 km/h
Engine capacity (ISO) 530 kW (720 hp)
Range 1,050 Km
Max. straight gradient  60%
Max. slope gradient 30%
Trench crossing 2.0 m
Step climbing ability 0.8 m
Turning circle (skid steering) 15 m
Length 7.93 m
Width 2.99 m
Height (hull roof) 2.37 m
Ground clearance 0.50 m
Track  2.58 m
Protected volume 14 m³

Characteristics

Crew: 2 (1 driver, 1 commander/weapon operator)
2 metric tonnes cargo
Innovative cargo floor system
Additional optronic sight system for commander
Air Condition and NBC-protection systems
Fire extinguishing system (engine compartment)

Exemplary Options

Navigation system
Smoke-grenade launching system
Rear view camera
Fire extinguishing system (Mission Module)
Different protection kits
Remote controlled weapon station


BOXER Cargo / C2 Vehicle

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The Cargo/C2 variant of the BOXER is a multipurpose vehicle, which is derived from the Cargo version.

It can be used for multiple staff tasks within the armoured and infantry units. The Cargo/C2 has a prime role at a tactical level of command and control and it provides a protected cargo carrying capacity. For this reason the vehicle has a dedicated and flexible interior. In a first batch the Dutch Army ordered 19 BOXER vehicles in the Cargo/C2 variant.

The BOXER Cargo/C2 interior has the flexibility to be reconfigured to suit three different functions:

Command function –  C2 function with seating for 3 extra passengers
Cargo transport function – the rear part of the mission module floor can be used for one and half tonnes of cargo
Casualty transport – additional possibilty to transport a NATO stretcher and casualty
It has a standard crew of three: driver, commander and weapon operator.

Depending on the configuration the vehicle can also accommodate up to 4 passengers, a stretcher and casualty or one and half tonnes of cargo.

Mobility

Key features Maximum speed 103 km/h
Minimum speed 3 km/h
Engine capacity (ISO) 530 kW (720 hp)
Range 1,050 Km
Max. straight gradient  60%
Max. slope gradient 30%
Trench crossing 2.0 m
Step climbing ability 0.8 m
Turning circle (skid steering) 15 m
Length 7.93 m
Width 2.99 m
Height (hull roof) 2.37 m
Ground clearance 0.50 m
Track  2.58 m
Protected volume 14 m³

Characteristics

Crew: 3 (1 driver, 1 commander, 1 weapon operator)
Capacity: 1 C2 operator, 3 passengers or 1,500 kg cargo
Additional optronic sight system for commander
Air Condition and NBC-protection systems
Fire extinguishing system (engine compartment)

Exemplary Options

Navigation system
Smoke-grenade launching system
Rear view camera
Fire extinguishing system (Mission Module)
Different protection kits
Remote controlled weapon station


BOXER Driver Training Vehicle

Boxer Driver Training Vehicle

In the driver training module the instructor has the possibility to access the same information provided to the driver trainee on a separate Drivers Control and Display Unit. In addition, he can control the vehicle in special situations using the brakes, gas, gear shift and steering.
Driving behaviour, total weight and centre of gravity of the BOXER Driver Training Vehicle are almost unchanged with respect to other BOXER variants; thus the trained driver will require no additional familiarization when changing over to the service vehicle. In a first batch the German Army ordered 10 BOXER Driver Training Vehicles.

Drive Module
The Drive Module of the BOXER Driver Training Vehicle corresponds to the series design standard of BOXER, with minor differences as laid out below:

Modification of the service brake actuation
Modification of the gas pedal system
Modification of electrical cabling
Installation of welded or bolted mounting options
Mission Module
The driver training module consists of a modified mission module housing and the driver training cab. Essential features and characteristics:

The driver training module offers space in the driver training cab for the driving instructor and one driver trainee or examiner. Space is provided in the rear of the driver training module for two additional driver trainees.
The vehicle is equipped with occupant protection
The override controls allow the driving instructor to intervene in the driving behaviour of the driver trainee, including his operating forces.

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