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The Boxer is a state-of-the-art wheeled vehicle whose modular design permits a wide variety of mission specific configurations. The robust appearance of the boxer, with a length of almost eight meters and a width of approximately three meters, is daunting. It did not take long until German troops found a proper name for it: "Mothership of the infantry" [Mutterschiff der Infanterie]. When comparing the Boxer with the previous and current transport vehicles infantry, the two-ton truck or the armored transport vehicle (TPz) Fuchs, it represents a quantum leap for the branch of service.

Boxer is a highly mobile, state-of-the-art wheeled vehicle whose modular design permits a wide variety of mission-specific configurations. Consisting of a uniform drive module, the Boxer vehicle family's user-specific mission modules can be quickly exchanged. A number of mission variants have been developed, including a troop carrier for transporting an infantry section, a field ambulance, a combat engineering section vehicle, C4I and C2 command vehicles, a logistics vehicle and a battlefield maintenance vehicle.

The armored transport vehicle Boxer is being produced within the framework of a bi-national program. Jointly developed by Rheinmetall Defence and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and other leading defence contractors in the ARTEC consortium, the Boxer, a wheeled armored transport and combat vehicle, is an outstanding example of a pioneering multinational defence project. Mobility, survivability, modularity, flexibility, operational effectiveness and growth potential were from the outset key performance criteria for this ambitious multilateral project. The ARTEC consortium transferred the first serially produced Boxer to the Bundeswehr in September 2009.

In scenarios ranging from high-intensity combat to nation building, modern armed forces face a whole host of symmetric and asymmetric threats in far-flung areas of operation across the globe. Accomplishing the mission today requires superior tactical, operational and strategic mobility, hard-hitting, scalable firepower as well as excellent command and control capabilities. Moreover, with the spectrum of contemporary threats extending from roadside bombs and radiological hazards to RPGs and artillery shells, the need for adequate force protection is more pressing than ever.

By the same token, there is no denying the need for full interoperability of ground, air and naval forces in current and future operations, as well as the ability to cooperate with the armed forces of other nations. Successful outcomes depend increasingly on taking a modular, multifunctional, multinational approach to military operations. This fact is reflected in numerous defence technology projects centring on a family of armoured vehicles variously configured for C4I, reconnaissance, combat, transport or medivac roles.

From the very beginning, the Boxer project was predicated on innovation potential. For example, the initial catalog of performance criteria already covered the full range of threats encountered in contemporary asymmetric conflicts a very prescient document, considering it dates from the comparatively peaceful 1990s. Moreover, its designers were expected to take networked operations into account as well as the complexity of the current military operational spectrum, particularly the need to respond effectively to rapidly changing situations.

Weighing up to 33 tons (depending on the configuration), and measuring 7.93 metres in length, 2.99 metres in width and 2.37 meters in height, the Boxer has a top speed of 100 km/h thanks to its powerful 530 kW engine. It can travel over 1,000 kilometres without refuelling. However, the Boxers most salient feature may well be its extreme modularity. A variety of mission modules can be mounted on its chassis. Thus far, the Boxers designers have developed an infantry transport vehicle, a command vehicle, a cargo vehicle, an engineer vehicle, a heavy field ambulance, a combine command/cargo vehicle and a driver-training version.

Configured as an armored personnel carrier, the Boxer can carry an 11-man section. This means it is able to function as a mother ship, in which infantrymen will be able to take along a full array of weapons and equipment tailored to the specific mission. The Boxer not only offers soldiers seated inside excellent protection from a variety of battlefield threats, it also serves as a power supply and data transmission platform. Rheinmetall, the lead contractor in Germanys IdZ-ES Future Soldier program, is integrating the necessary components and interfaces into the vehicle, thus ensuring that individual soldiers, whether mounted or dismounted, are fully integrated into network-enabled operations. Given the rapid pace of technological progress, growth potential has been engineered into the system from the outset.

Boxer CRV is recognised for numerous attributes including:

  • Protection: The Boxer CRV delivers an extraordinary level of protection for its crew against mines, IEDs and ballistic threats. This is achieved by a multi-wall structure consisting of spaced and sloped armour in combination with additional protection elements. Reduced radar and infrared signatures, low noise level and high mobility after impact and NBC protection systems are the core elements of the Boxer CRV protection package.
  • Mobility: The permanent eight-wheel-drive and an automatic transmission with selectable differential locks ensure the Boxer CRV will overcome even the most difficult terrain. Tyres are equipped with run-flat elements and through the central tire inflation system, the tyre pressure can be adjusted according to the terrain type. Both of the two front axles are steerable. The independent suspension allows for both high speeds on roads as well as for excellent off-road handling characteristics. Through the use of lateral wheel brakes, the Boxer CRV can be turned even within very small spaces.
  • Lethality: Rheinmetall's innovative LANCE turret system features a highly modular design, ensuring maximum lethality, flexibility and future growth potential. The degree of protection and the number of crew (two-man or unmanned with fully remote control) is entirely up to the customer. The company's electro-optical SEOSS Sector and SEOSS Panoramic sights provide both commander and gunner with a 360 view. The LANCE turret system also comes with a 66mm or 76mm smoke/obscurant grenade launcher while potential add-ons include a laser warning system, identification friend or foe technology, an integrated C4I system, an SAS close-range reconnaissance system or an antitank guided missile system.
  • Knowledge/C4ISR: Rheinmetall provides a comprehensive range of Command and Control and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. C4ISR technologies enable warfighters to assess the environment, control assets and communicate effectively in pursuit of mission objectives. To retain an asymmetrical advantage, industry must provide tools that are affordable, enable open integration, and are easily upgradable to meet rapidly evolving threats.

The modular design of a multi-layer floor concept and safety cell provides a unique overmatch behaviour that minimises the "catastrophic kill" risk from mine and IED attacks. The underlying protection philosophy of the BOXER provides a multi-hit capability and sufficient residual mobility after attacks. In order to prevent an impact, the BOXER follows a new generation of stealth design, low acoustic, infrared and radar signatures.

Boxer had proven protection against ballistic threats, with the highest protection level in its class in terms of heavy machine guns, automatic medium calibre machine cannons, bomblets and artillery fragments. The crew compartment is completely covered by spall liner - Optional reactive and active protection systems against e.g. RPG7. The integrated state-of-the-art protection against mine/IED includes resistance against all kinds of AP and AT mines under wheel and belly. It is protected against IEDs with heavy blast at short distance. Optional protection kits against IEDs and mines with EFP and heavy fragments, e.g. TRMP6/7. Modular mounting of versatile protection systems includes passive armour (incl. ceramics), reactive armour and active systems -- enabling easy adaptation to different threat scenarios and integration of future technologies.

The payload capacity of BOXER allows for additional growth potential even after the integration of today's mission equipment and weapon station without compromising the vehicle's mobility and protection. The growth potential enables for system upgrades to cope with the changing requirements during the lifetime of the vehicle or additional armor to meet future military roles without degrading the mobility performance.

Unique capacity includes maximum interior 14 m protected volume (17.5 m with higher roof), 8 tonnes payload without compromising mobility and protection. IT is ready for the future -- sufficient growth potential. The payload allows for customertailored solutions -- equipment, armament and even specific variants.

It is able to follow a MBT (Leopard 2) cross-country mobility requirements have been qualified at the current vehicle's maximum combat weight and under the most extreme environmental conditions. Rapid Strategic Mobility in a combat-ready configuration is ensured by the capability of being deployed by road, train, sea or air (A400M). By splitting the Drive and the Mission Module even more flexibility is being provided.

The Boxers force protection features set it apart. Its modular armor system enables continuous adaptation of the vehicle to changing threats and operational scenarios. The air-conditioned fighting compartment is equipped with an NBC filtration system and also serves as a safety cell. Combined with the basic chassis, the vehicles multi-walled design offers particularly good protection against landmines. Independent wheel suspension, permanent all-wheel drive and a powerful yet quiet engine ensure excellent mobility even in rough terrain. The Boxer can be airlifted in the future European A400M transport aircraft a decisive advantage given the importance of force projection and strategic reach in current and future scenarios.





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