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Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

British Boxer MIV #1
Unveiled / Entered Service
2019
British Boxer MIV #2
Status
in-service
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Introduction

The Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle is the British Armies latest acquisition for their Armoured Brigade Combat Teams. Built under licence by RSBL at the famous Telford tank factory, a total of 623 vehicles (modified for British service) have been ordered in four initial variants.

It's important to understand that the Boxer MIV is not a replacement of the Warrior tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

The British Army has made the decision to terminate its Armoured Infantry capability who used the Warrior and switch to Heavy Mechanised Infantry, which use wheeled armoured vehicles like the Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle.

This change in capability enables the British Army the "Deep REECE Strike" concept and allows them to project (at speed) an intended distance of up to 2000 miles.

Background

The British had been one of the earlier partners of the Boxer program, for their “Future Rapid Effect System Utility Variant” (FRES UV) but had pulled out of the project in 2003 as the Boxer could not be transported by C130 Aircraft.

The FRES UV program ultimately ended and matured into the new MIV Programme. The British explored other vehicles and even trialled the French VBCI, but ultimately rejoined the Boxer program in 2018.

ARTEC GmbH, who handle all aspects of project management and administration of the Boxer, signed agreements in 2018 with Pearson Engineering and Thales UK to become partners in the Boxer MIV production.

Rheinmetall bought a 55% share of BAE Systems’ Land UK to form RBSL, which gave Rhienmetall access to the famous Telford manufacturing facilities were the new vehicles are being built.

In 2019 the British Army placed an order for 523 vehicles and followed up with a second order of an additional 100 vehicles in 2022.

In 2022, Artec announced that initial production of two Command variants of Boxer MIV’s had started at KMW’s facilities in Germany.

In late 2023, Artec set-up a subsidiary company in the UK to continue their role with the Boxer MIV.

In the early months of 2024, The two Command variants of Boxer are starting validation trials to make sure they meet British Army specifications. It was also confirmed that serial production had started at Telford in the UK.

 

Firepower

The four selected variants of the Boxer MIV will be equipped with Remote Control Weapon Stations. These can equipped with Machine Guns of calibres up to .50 as well as 40mm Grenade Launchers and have a mounting for a single Javelin Anti-Tank Guided Missile launcher.

The RCWS offers the crew the added protection of operating it from inside the vehicle and the added bonus of thermal sights for additional Situational Awareness.

Protection

The Boxer is exceptionally well protected. The use of a separate drive module and mission module creates a multi-layer floor and safety cell, for improved protection against IED/Mine attacks.

The vehicle is covered in replaceable modular armour that can be both replaced when damaged or additional armour needs replacing from Level 1 (7.62mm) to Level 6? (30mm AP) of STANAG 4569.

The crew are protected with internal spall liners and safety cells. The Boxer also features stealth-like technology for reducing Infa-Red and radar signatures. This was achieved through the use of decoupled and actively cooled plates on the front of the vehicle and the careful consideration of engine cooling.

The vehicle also features a 360 degree situational awareness camera system that monitors and alerts the crew to threats.

Mobility

The Boxer MIV has the same mobility characteristic’s as all other Boxers. The vehicle features independent suspension, offering future growth potential in the vehicles payload capability without loss of mobility. The Boxer has a permanent 8×8 drive, central tyre inflation system and 27 inch run flat tyres.

The MTU engine is being built under licence by Rolls Royce.

Variants and Marks

Confirmed Variants

Boxer MIV will initially be built as  Infantry Carrying Vehicle (APC), Command & Control, Field Ambulance and Specialist Carrier variants.

Future Variants

The Army has stated the Boxer will also be supplied to Close Support Engineers, Short Range Air Defence, Medical, Close Support Artillery, Armoured Signals, Electronic Warfare (including Cyber), Close Support REME, Mini Uncrewed Aerial Systems, Surveillance and Target Acquisition who are part of the Armoured Brigade Combat Teams.

Current Tech Demonstrators

Boxer Brimstone

In 2022 MBDA and RBSL unveiled a new ATGM tank destroyer variant proposed for the British Army. The vehicle features the normal Boxer MIV Drive module and mission module featuring a multiple ATGM launching boxes firing the “Fire and Forget” Brimstone anti-tank missile. The system is capable of engaging multiple armoured vehicles at once to protect other Boxer MIV in the formation.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
N/A
ATGM Capability
Optional Javelin ATGM
Secondary Weapons
remote-weapons-station-with-mg
Ammunition Storage
N/A
Engine
Rolls Royce MTU 8V 199 TE21
Transmission
Allison HD4070 x7 speed Automatic
Top Road Speed
103 km/h
Road Range
1,050 km
Fuel Capacity
?
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, optional-crew
Infantry
8