ARTEC GmbH, a joint venture of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall, announced the delivery of the last of the 8×8 armored combat vehicles “Boxer” ordered for the German Armed Forces to the customer.
The customers of the “Boxer” AFV are the German Federal Office for Armaments, Information Technology and Maintenance (BAAINBw) and the country’s Ministry of Defense.
As noted, the delivery was completed on time, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, ARTEC GmbH supplied the Bundeswehr with 405 Boxer armored vehicles, including 72 units. in the version of an ambulance, 65 command vehicles and 256 units. in the version of an armored personnel carrier. Another 12 vehicles are used for driver training.
Note: the volume of the order is 403 units; in the total declared number of delivered BMV “Boxer” (405 units), perhaps, includes two prototypes.
As GDC reported, the Boxer armored vehicle was developed by the consortium ARTEC GmbH in the interests of the Armed Forces of Germany and the Netherlands. The value of the contract concluded in 2006 by the Organization for Cooperation in the Procurement of Arms OCCAR (Organization conjointe de cooperation en matiere d’armement) with ARTEC GmbH for the serial production of 472 Boxer armored vehicles is estimated at 1.2 billion euros. The total cost of development and production is € 1.429 billion. The agreement provided for the production of 272 AFVs for the German Armed Forces and 200 units. – for the Armed Forces of the Netherlands. In December 2018, the German Armed Forces ordered an additional 131 Boxer AFVs.
In December 2015, OCCAR signed a contract with the ARTEC consortium worth 476 million euros for the supply of 131 more Boxer armored combat vehicles to the German Armed Forces.
In 2017, a contract was signed with ARTEC GmbH for the repair and modernization of the first AFVs to the A2 version, developed on the basis of the experience gained during the operation in Afghanistan. Given the additional order in 2021, all Boxer AFVs will be upgraded to the latest configuration by 2024.
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