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Boxer

Armored personnel carrier

Boxer APC

The Boxer MRAV has a modular design with interchangeable mission modules

 
 
Country of origin German / Netherlands
Entered service 2009
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 33 t
Length 7.88 m
Width 2.99 m
Height 2.37 m
Armament
Machine guns 12.7-mm (Dutch variant)
Grenade launcher 40-mm (German variant)
Mobility
Engine MTU 8V 199 TE20 diesel
Engine power 700 hp
Maximum road speed 103 km/h
Range 1 050 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Boxer Multi-Role Armored Vehicle (MRAV) was co-developed by Germany, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. However in 2003 UK withdrew from the program and went for an indigenous design.

   The Boxer successfully completed trials with the German Army in 2008. Germany ordered 272 armored personnel carriers, including 72 ambulance and 65 command vehicle variants. Deliveries commenced in 2009. The Netherlands approved procurement of 200 Boxers of different variants, that entered service in 2011. Boxer APCs replaces the ageing Tpz1 Fuchs and M113 armored personnel carriers in the German Army and YPR and M577 in service with the Netherlands.

   Boxer's design is based on the modular structure for maximum flexibility. It uses a single chassis with a snap-in modules for different purposes, including infantry carrier, command vehicle, ambulance, supply carrier and so on. These modules are interchangeable in less than an hour. The base vehicle operates independently from the modules.

   Vehicle has a modular armor with special ceramic mix. The triple hull floor is shaped for maximum protection against anti-tank mines. Every mission module has its own primary safety cell. It is claimed that front armor can withstand 30-mm rounds, while the all-round protection can withstand 12.7-mm fire. Damaged armor slabs can be easily replaced in field condition. Also this APC has low radar and acoustic signatures, making it harder to detect.

   Weapon fit can be configured to suit specific national requirements of every country. German Boxers have a remotely operated gun mount with a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher, while the Dutch vehicles are completed with a 12.7-mm machine gun.

   Boxer in APC configuration has a crew of three and can carry 8 fully equipped infantry troops. Troops enter and leave via the rear entry ramp. Up to eight tons of cargo can be carried in place of the troops.

   The Boxer armored personnel carrier is powered by the MTU diesel engine, developing 700 horsepower. This engine is based on the Mercedes-Benz OM 500 commercial design. It has been modified by MTU for military application. It delivers more power than the commercial version and can operate in extreme conditions. The Boxer armored vehicle has a maximum road range in excess of 1 000 kilometers. Its chassis uses a number of proven and commercially available automotive components.

 

Variants

 

   Armored ambulance;

   Command vehicle;

   Mortar carrier, fitted with 120-mm mortar;

   Engineering vehicle;

   Cargo vehicle;

   Recovery vehicle;

   Infantry fighting vehicle, armed with a Lance 30 mm unmanned turret. It was a contender for Australian LAND400 program. As of 2016 it competed against the Finnish/Sweden AMV35. It was planned that the winner will be nominated in 2017.

 

Video of the Boxer armored personnel carrier

 

 
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