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Boxer Australian Land 400 Program

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Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle

Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle Australian Army
Unveiled / Entered Service
2021
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Status
in-service
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Introduction

The Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle has been developed for the Australian Army Cavalry units as a replacement to the 8x8 ASLAV. In addition to the CRV, other non-turreted Boxer variants will be entering service to replace other ASLAV variants.

Background

Land 400 Phase II

The ASLAV is a second generation LAV (aka LAV II) developed and supplied by GDLS Canada with similar capabilities as the USMC’s LAV-25.

It has served with the Australian Armies Cavalry in the reconnaissance role since the 1990’s. Lacking growth potential for a digital infrastructure and improvements in armoured protection as well as other obsolescence factors, in 2015 the Australian Ministry Of Defence launched the Land 400 Phase II program to seek a replacement for the vehicle.

A number of vehicles were submitted for tender, but only the Artec Boxer and Patria AMV35 were accepted for a  12-month Risk Mitigation Activity in 2016, with the Artec Boxer winning the competition and selected as the ASLAV replacement.

Manufacturing

The Boxer CRV is being manufactured under licence in Australia at Rheinmetall’s “Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE)” facility in Ipswich, Queensland. Production started in March 2023 and the new facility employee’s over 600 employee’s and over a ten year period, will generate one billion dollars for the local economy.

Firepower

The Boxer CRV features the 2 man Rheinmetall Lance Turret, which is armed with the MK30-2 / ABM, 30mm chain gun. This has a duel feed capability and 200 ready to fire rounds are located in the turret (100 AP & 100 HE).

The turret has the capability to be fitted with a dual Spike-LR Anti-Tank Guided Missile launcher. The Australian Army purchased Spike in 2018.

It has the latest state-of-the-art, fully digital fire control system with a 360 degree Commanders Independent Sight in addition to the Gunners Sight. This gives the Boxer IFV a “Hunter Killer Capability”. Both sights have a day and thermal channel, with an integrated laser range finder.

The 30x173mm ammunition is stored outside of the crew compartment of the turret for added protection. The turret can be fitted with modular armor for enhanced protection.

Operators

Australia

A total of 211 Boxers have been ordered by the Australian Army, with 131 of these being the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle. Twenty five vehicles supplied from Germany and finalised at MILVEHCOE entered service in the middle of 2021. Production there after will be completed at MILVEHCOE.

Germany

The German Army has selected the Boxer CRV for their future “schwerer Waffenträger Infanterie”. The new vehicle will replace the Wiesel in the fire support role for the infantry. Its expected that the new 100 vehicles will be manufactured at MILVEHCOE from 2025.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
MK30-2 / ABM, 30mm chain gun
ATGM Capability
Planned – Spike
Secondary Weapons
coaxial-7.62mm-machine-gun
Ammunition Storage
?
Engine
V8, 720hp, MTU 8V199 TE20 Diesel (Multi-Fuelled)
Transmission
Allison HD4070 x7 speed Automatic
Top Road Speed
103 km/h
Road Range
1,050 km
Fuel Capacity
Unknown
Vertical Obstacle
0.8m
Water Capability
Fording ?m
Trench Crossing
2m
Gradient
60%
Side Slope
30%
Length Gun Forward
N/A
Length Hull
7.93m
Width
2.99m
Height
2.37m (hull roof)
Ground Clearance
0.5m
Weight
Upto 35 tonne combat weight
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
steel, composite, modular
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
composite, modular
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
commander, driver, gunner
Infantry
6