BOXER Armoured Personnel Carrier
Modularity for every mission
Modularity in perfectionThe modular design enables a variety of BOXER mission-specific vehicle models. The uniform drive module can be supplemented by a number of user-specific mission modules for different tasks. The ability to quickly change the mission module, even between different versions, allows new approaches in the areas of operational deployment and logistical support. This reduces the development and production costs and increases the tactical flexibility of the vehicle.
All primary subsystems come already integrated into the driving module. This includes the complete drivetrain and all drive components, the driving cab, important support components such as the air conditioning and an auxiliary heating system, the fire extinguishing system for the engine compartment as well as all the interfaces to the mission module. It is therefore completely self-sufficient and can be equipped and refitted with every available mission module.
The personnel carrier version vehicle offers room for up to ten men. All mission module variants are equipped with an NBC protection kit as well as a hydraulically operated rear ramp.
Maximum protection and great mobility
The Boxer offers an extraordinary and superior protection for its crew against mines, IEDs and ballistic threats. The high level of protection is achieved by a multi-wall structure consisting of spaced and sloped armor in combination with additional protection elements. The reduced radar and infrared signatures, the low noise level, the high mobility remaining after projectile impact / mine detonations and the NBC protection system are the core elements of the overall protection strategy. The storage space for all personal equipment and the complete mission equipment as well as the air conditioning and NBC protection equipment are all completely protected under the armor. High mobility, stealth design, modern day-and night vision surveillance devices, a powerful remote-controlled weapon station, the smoke grenade launcher and a standard NBC System and air conditioning are further key elements for the survival of the crew in critical situations.
In addition to the high level of protection, mobility is the strong point of the boxer. A permanent eight-wheel-drive and an automatic transmission with selectable differential locks let the Boxer overcome even the most difficult terrain. The tires are equipped with run-flat elements and through the central tire inflation system, the tire pressure can be adjusted according to the 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 can be turned even within very small spaces. Additionally, the BOXER impresses through an extremely large range and long lasting action time.
In addition to the outstanding surveillance system, the BOXER is equipped with the remote-controlled light weapon station 200 (FLW 200). This weapon station can be fitted with a heavy machine gun (12.7 x 99 mm) or with an automatic grenade launcher (40 mm). These weapons allow for fire support against both surface and point targets. With a thermal imaging device, it is also easily capable of targeting and engaging targets at night. Hence, this "weapon mix" and the associated action options haven proven to be a substantial improvement compared to previous personnel carrier vehicles. As a result the BOXER can effectively support dismounted infantry units.
An enormous gain in capacity
In September 2009 the serial production of 272 Boxer for the German Army began. They are delivered by the consortium, ARTEC, consisting of Kraus-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall. 10 driving school vehicles have already been delivered to the German Armed Forces and ensure the necessary training of BOXER drivers and commanders. Further driving school vehicles are intended for the Dutch army. Since July 2011 the first BOXER vehicles are in use in Afghanistan, where the vehicles managed to gain the trust of the soldiers whithin a short period of time and overcome numerous missions since. Already now, one can hear a certain pride in the voices of the infantry soldiers when they speak of "their boxer" as the "mother ship of the infantry."
More information is available at www.artec-boxer.com