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Slovenia has become a member of the BOXER programme of the European procurement agency OCCAR. The accession agreement was signed on 11 May by the acting Slovenian Minister of Defence, Matej Tonin, and the Director of OCCAR, Matteo Bisceglia.

At the same time, OCCAR announced that Slovenia has ordered 45 BOXER vehicles, including an initial in-service support package, with a total order value of approximately €281M excluding VAT.

The first vehicle deliveries are expected in 2023 from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann through the ARTEC consortium. The Slovenian BOXER vehicles will be based on the Lithuanian version (called VILKAS) and will be equipped with a Rafael remote-controlled turret.

Five countries are currently participating in the BOXER programme:

  • Germany
  • Lithuania,
  • The Netherlands
  • The UK
  • Australia (with observer status)