Rheinmetall has started producing first of 186 Australian Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles at its facility in Ipswich, Queensland, on March 20.
On March 20, Rheinmetall striked the arc on the first weld of materials for the first Australian Boxer CRV. This vehicle will be the first to enter the production line together with initial vehicles from Germany currently being assembled at the site.
The company secured the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 project to deliver 211 Boxer CRVs to the Australian Defence Force.
In mid-October 2022, the Australian Army announced that the first 25 Boxer CRVs, partially manufactured in Germany, had achieved Initial Operating Capability following extensive testing and live exercises. These initial Boxers were built in Germany, and finalised at MILVEHCOE, joining the more than 2900 HX Trucks that were finalised and are today sustained from the facility.
The Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle is an advanced, armoured 8x8 vehicle in service with nations including Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany. The Boxer offers enhanced safety, security and protection of Australian troops with high levels of protection, firepower and mobility for sustained operations across peacekeeping and close combat activities.
Additionally, Rheinmetall has been shortlisted for the multi-billion-dollar LAND 400 Phase 3 project, and should it be successful, will deliver hundreds of Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicles from the MILVEHCOE.