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The UK Ministry of Defence awarded the £2.3 billion contracts for the Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme. A significant portion of the manufacture of the 500 Boxer Armoured Vehicles for the Army’s Strike Brigades will take place at KMW’s UK subsidiary, WFEL. Delivery of the vehicles is expected to start from 2023.

This order marks the return of the UK to a European Defence Programme, having taken part in the Boxer project while in its infancy. With UK as another customer – other users are Germany, The Netherlands, Lithuania and Australia – Boxer is now on its way to becoming one of Europe’s standard vehicles.

The British Boxer MIV programme aims to source more than 60% by value of the vehicle content from UK suppliers and these 8×8 wheeled vehicles will be supplied in several different configurations, including an armoured personnel carrier, field ambulance, command vehicle and specialist carrier.

“Investing in the Boxer programme is a prime example of defence doing more than ever to level-up the UK economy through employment.  By developing our relationship with WFEL, we are also supporting high-skilled jobs across the UK supply chain,” said Brith Defence Minister James Heappey. “This partnership ensures we engage with our people from the very beginning, connecting talented apprentices with the valuable roles defence has to offer.”

Dorothee Frank