Rheinmetall launches first Boxer combat vehicle in Australia

Rheinmetall, is a defence contractor from Europe. With its headquarter in Düsseldorf Germany, Rheinmetall is a part of two corporate sectors viz. Defence and Automotive in six segments.

The very first Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) was conveyed to the Australian Government by Rheinmetall Australia.

The inaugural Boxer of 211 vehicles was presented to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) during a ceremony held in Brisbane at Enoggera Barracks.

These CRV’s are being brought by the Department of Defence (DOD) of Australia under the LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability programme which is worth five billion Australian dollars (USD 3.38 bn).

The new vehicles are said to provide upgraded assurance, capability and versatility to the Army of Australia.

Approximately 1,450 employment opportunities along with opportunities to the industry are speculated to be generated across Australia under the project of manufacturing and lifecycle of the 211 Boxer vehicles.

Seven small local businesses have also been chosen by Rheinmetall as equipment supplier for the initial 25 CRVs. These include companies like Hilton Manufacturing, MoTeC, Frontline Manufacturing, Direct Edge, Axalta, Rockpress and Precision Metal Group Australia.

The initial bunch of 25 Boxers will be assembled in Germany and later exported to Australia enabling transfer of technology and the rest 186 vehicles’ assembly shall be done in Australia at Rheinmetall’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence.

According to the Defence Minister of Australia, Linda Reynolds, “These new vehicles are part of the Liberal National Government’s A$200bn ($135.43bn) investment in our defence capability to ensure the Australian Defence Force is equipped to succeed in our challenging strategic environment.”

Missions from regional stability and peacekeeping through high-risk tasks will be enabled by these vehicles says Reynolds. She says that they will give improved safety to Australian officers on deployment and on activities around the globe.

“This project presents an exciting opportunity for Australian industry to play a vital role in delivering leading-edge capability and technology to Australia’s Army”, quotes Australia Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price. “Our government’s investment decisions in defence capability are complemented by a comprehensive defence industry policy agenda to support a robust, resilient and internationally competitive defence industry, which will support jobs and investment across the country”, she adds.