ARTEC GmbH Boxer Family of vehicles


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Also known earlier as GTK (Gepanzertes Transport-Kraftfahrzeug; armoured transport vehicle) Boxer and MRAV (Multi Role Armoured Vehicle), a thread for information on the Boxer family of vehicles.

And just to be special from the start, here is the newly shown Boxer Tracked:


And just to be special from the start, here is the newly shown Boxer Tracked:


Can't get over how massive that looks. Going to need great camouflage
Quite a lot of interesting info here:

finally realizing the US Future Combat System vision.... in other countries. To be fair, the thing is massive so it wouldn't fit the vigorous requirement of air transport by US probably
finally realizing the US Future Combat System vision.... in other countries. To be fair, the thing is massive so it wouldn't fit the vigorous requirement of air transport by US probably
It could go in C-17 but not C-130. The A-400M can carry as well I believe:


Boxer awaits firing trials with John Cockerill Defense C3105 turret

by Christopher F Foss

A Belgian John Cockerill Defense C3105 two-person 105 mm turret has been integrated onto a rear mission module of the Boxer 8x8 Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) at Krauss-Maffei Wegmann’s (KMW’s) facilities in Munich, the company has confirmed.

This combination has also completed some company mobility trials in Germany, and manned firing trials are planned to take place in Germany or the UK when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, according to the two contractors. It was originally expected that this combination would be shown for the first time at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris in June 2020, but that event was cancelled due to the pandemic.


A Boxer MRAV with its rear mission module mounting the John Cockerill Defense C3105, and showing the roof-mounted commander’s panoramic sighting system. (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann)

The turret is armed with a 105 mm high-pressure rifled gun fed by an automatic loader, with this version fitted with stabilised day/night sights for commander and gunner, enabling hunter/killer target engagements while stationary or moving.

The C3000-series turret is in production for a Middle Eastern customer in the C3105 and C3030 configurations, with the latter armed with a Northrop Grumman 30 mm MK44 dual feed cannon, according to Simon Haye, the chief marketing officer at John Cockerill Defense. The second customer is Indonesia, which ordered for an initial batch of 18 C3105 for its Pindad Harimau (Tiger) medium tank. The company said over 500 turrets have been completed, and production is expected to run for several years.

The C3000 series is designed to be tailored to user-specific requirements such as main armament and others. When fitted with the C3105 turret, the Boxer can carry four dismounts in addition to its driver, commander, and gunner.
New variant of Boxer 8x8 armored fitted with RT60 turret for Middle East customer


According to a tweet published by Nicholas Drummond on May 19, 2021, German company ARTEC, a joint venture of Kraus-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Defense has developed a new variant of the Boxer 8x8 wheeled armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) for a Middle East customer fitted with a remote weapon station Protector RT60 from Norwegian company Kongsberg defense.


The new variant of the Boxer 8x8 armored vehicle fitted with a Kongsberg IFV variant of the RT60 remote weapon station. (Picture source Twitter account Nicholas Drummond)

The Boxer is a wheeled multirole armored vehicle manufactured by the German consortium ARTEC under a program managed by OCCAR, the European Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation. The BOXER Program provides the German (DE), Netherlands (NL), Lithuanian, and the United Kingdom (UK) Armies, with a new generation of all-terrain armored utility vehicles on the basis of balanced capabilities of transport capacity, mobility, protection, survivability, growth potential and efficient Life Cycle Costs.

The Boxer 8x8 armored vehicle is now in service with Germany, the Netherlands. In 2016, Lithuania joined the Program with a contract to buy 91 BOXER vehicles, under the local name of Vilkas. On November 5, 2019, it was announced that a £2.3 billion deal for Boxer had been signed by the United Kingdom. There will be four variants, for a total of 528 units. Deliveries will start in 2023. In December 2019, the UK joined the BOXER program following integration activities and contract negotiations.

The Boxer is one of the latest generations of 8x8 armored featuring a unique design with two key elements including the driveline and powerpack and the removable combat mission module. The driver is located at the front right of the hull with the powerpack to its left. The combat module is fitted at the rear of the platform/drive module, it can be configured according to missions or customers' requirements and is attached by four points and can be swapped within an hour under field conditions.

The Protector KT60 is a remote weapon station that can be fitted with medium caliber weapons. It is the first remotely operated turret to be fielded within the U.S. Army, and as of today, the system is also selected for US Marine Corps and Robotic vehicle programs.

The RT60 is the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) variant in the PROTECTOR turret family. For the Middle East customer, the RT60 turret will be armed with one XM813 30mm chain gun manufactured by the American company Northrop Grumman, one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. The armament will also include the MMP anti-tank guided missile produce by MBDA. The turret will be also fitted with Catherine an ultra-compact thermal imaging camera from French company Thales.
Boxer 8x8 armored can be configured as 155mm howitzer or 120mm mortar carrier

POSTED ON SUNDAY, 30 MAY 2021 14:15

According to pictures released by Nicholas Drummond Twitter account, as a modular platform, the Boxer 8x8 armored vehicle can be easily configured as a 155mm self-propelled howitzer or 120 mm mortar carrier.


Boxer RCH 155 self-propelled howitzer. (Picture source Twitter account Nicholas Drummond)

The Boxer was developed with a unique design that includes two main parts consisting of the drive module and the combat mission module which can be configured according to mission requirements or to change the role of the vehicle. Thanks to this feature, the Boxer can be used as APC (Armored Personnel Carrier), IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle), command post, ambulance, reconnaissance vehicle, repair and recovery, self-propelled howitzer, mortar carrier, and more.

The drive module consists of the driver position which is located at the front right of the hull with the powerpack on its left and the 8x8 suspension and driveline. The combat mission module can be fitted with a wide range of weapon stations or other combat equipment according to the needs of the customers. The mission module is attached to the drive module thanks to four M32 bolts, with the associated hoses and electrical connections. This enables the module to be swapped out in battlefield conditions within 30 minutes.

The German company KMW (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann) has developed the Boxer RCH 155, a mobile self-propelled howitzer fitted with an unmanned artillery turret armed with one 155/L52 caliber cannon which is also used on the tracked self-propelled howitzer PzH 2000 which is in service with Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, and Qatar.

The Boxer RCH 155 can be operated by a crew of two thanks to its full loading system which can load loads both projectiles and charges. It also has a fully automatic electrical gun laying system and fire control computer with integrated ballistics calculation and radio data transmission connection to an artillery control system. The vehicle is also equipped with a high-precision navigation system, with or without GPS support.

The 155/L52 caliber cannon of the Boxer RCH 155 has a maximum rate of fire of 9 rounds per minute. It is also capable of multiple-round simultaneous-impact firing. It can fire all NATO standard 155mm ammunition including rocket-assisted projectile. A total of 30 rounds of ammunition and are carried in the automatic loading system. A lifting system is installed at the front of the turret allowing the crew to reload the magazine from outside of the vehicle. The turret has can move on 360° with elevation from -2.5 ° to + 65°.

In addition to high flexibility and top mobility, the BOXER drive module of the RCH 155 provides its crew with exceptional survivability and superior protection from mines, IEDs, and ballistic threats.


Boxer mortar carrier fitted with 120mm unmanned turret. (Picture source Twitter account Nicholas Drummond)

The second artillery solution for the Boxer consists of a NEMO, a single-barreled 120 mm remote-controlled mortar turret currently being developed by Patria Land Oy in Finland. Turreted, remote-controlled 120 mm mortar system consists of weapon, loading device, turret, fire control system and ammunition storage, and is fully operational with a platform and ammunition.

In addition to wheeled vehicles and tracked armored chassis, the NEMO turret can be integrated on lighter platforms such as 6x6-armored wheeled vehicles. On naval applications, the ideal platforms are fast-moving patrol and coastal vessels.

The NEMO turret is fitted with a forward observer system, used to identify the target and to acquire a full view of the situation on the battlefield. The fire control system provides fire support plans and fire missions, which are transmitted via a tactical data network to the command and control systems. Fire support decisions are made at the fire direction center, and the NEMO units execute the fire missions – right on target.

The turret of the NEMO has a traverse of 360° with an elevation range from -3° to +85°. The vehicle has a crew of three which are located in the hull thanks to the unmanned turret. The vehicle can carry from 50 to 60 rounds. The 120mm mortar has a maximum rate of fire of 10 rounds per minute with a maximum firing range of 10 km.
IAV 2022: Boxer bulks up

27 JANUARY 2022

by Nicholas Fiorenza


A 41 tonne Boxer without a mission module mastered a 1 m vertical step during trials in December 2021. (Artec)

Rheinmetall Landsysteme-Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) joint venture Artec conducted trials in December 2021 with a Boxer armoured vehicle weighing 41 tonnes, Janes learned at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2022 conference being held in London on 24–27 January.

Artec managing director Stefan Lischka revealed during a presentation at IAV 2022 on 25 January that the Boxer, without a mission module, traversed gaps up to 2.2 m, climbed a 60° slope, and mastered a 1 m vertical step during the trials. He said there was no actual customer requirement for such a heavy Boxer but placed the trials in the context of armoured fighting vehicles gaining 20–30% more weight within 20 years of first being introduced because of protection enhancements.
tracked version of SPH - turret is a compact version of pzh 2000. both wheeled and tracked probably would struggle to fit A400M. Imagine an archer turret on this thing for max firing performance. probably would tip over climbing a rock though.


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Boxer with modular bridge system
Based on an idea of the Royal Netherlands Army Engineer Regiment, a demonstrator has been developed for a bridge layer on Boxer. This capability enables the armed forces to quickly launch and recover bridges up to 50 MLC and/or 15 meters. The system launches the bridge in front of the vehicle and is modular, which means the Boxer maintains its full functionality. Further, the modular approach means that the bridging capability can be attached and removed when needed, enhancing mission flexibility. Rheinmetall Defence Nederland has developed this system, which was recently shown at an event of the Royal Netherlands Army Engineer Regiment, in close coordination with partners GDELS – Bridge Systems and Pearson Engineering.
What's a Joint Fires version ?
In essence Forward Fire Support/Artillery observation/contol. These variants will be fitted with a retractable mast with surveillance systems (Rheinmetall's Vingtaqs II system).



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