Both KMW and Rheinmetall are proposing the Boxer in the IFV version; according to the latest information the German Army seems to be interested in such solution. (P. Valpolini)
with the latest configuration developed by Artec. Deliveries will take place from late 2016 to 2020. As for the national market, deliveries of the first batch to the German Army have been completed, 125 APCs, 72 ambulances, 65 command posts and 10 driver training vehicles being now serving in the forces. The upgrade of all vehicles from the A1 (Afghanistan configuration) to the A2 configuration, which includes increased protection, a new driver vision system, a fire suppression system, Satcom radios, etc, will start in 2017. In the same timeframe KMW and Rheinmetall Waffe Munition will start delivering Batch 2 vehicles, the delivery of the last of the 131 vehicles ordered, all in the A2 configuration, being planned for 2020. The German Bundeswehr is considering the acquisition of a further batch, to be equipped with a medium calibre turret, to ensure direct fire support for infantry. As for the Netherlands, prior to Eurosatory 2016 half of the ordered vehicles had been delivered, the original contract being for 60 command posts, 53 engineer group vehicles, 52 ambulances, 27 cargo vehicles and 8 driver training vehicles. However in May 2016 a change in the contract was done, which does not change the overall number of vehicles: 24 command posts and 15 cargo vehicles were cancelled, replaced by 39 more engineer group vehicles. Looking at its participation in the EU Battlegroup the Netherlands should equip a light brigade with the Boxer, which will require additional vehicles. As its German counterpart, the Dutch
Army is considering with interest the Boxer fitted with a medium calibre turret, but is also considering the vehicle with heavier weapons. ARTEC is currently finalising some optional technical upgrades: among those a more powerful powerpack, providing 600 kW, sand tires, higher ballistic protection, new modular mineshields, etc. While KMW has used the Boxer chassis to carry the Donar artillery module, the couple having been test fired, Rheinmetall integrated a high energy laser into a Boxer mission module. With its PARS family having bagged a further export success in February 2016, no detailed information having been released, FNSS of Turkey is looking with interest both at the domestic and foreign markets for its family of wheeled vehicles. The Malaysian 8x8 armoured wheeled vehicle AV8 programme is well underway, serial production and delivery of the vehicles being continued by Deftech. Overall the contract is for 257 AV-8 in 12 different variants; half of the variants have been completed while the development of the remaining ones continues. FNSS is responsible for the platform, 25mm one-man Sharpshooter Turret as well as the overall system integration of the vehicles. The project will be completed by 2020. At IDEF 2015 FNSS unveiled a new vehicle, the PARS 4x4, which maintains the name of the family, although the junior element is deeply different in architecture. The vehicle aims at the Silah TaĹ&#x;iyici AraĂ§ programme (STA, for Weapon Carrier Vehicle), however as the wheeled segment of the STA is for only 76 vehicles, FNSS is clearly looking also to other markets. The engine is located in the back, to provide optimal balance, cooling air intake being on top of the vehiA PARS 8x8 during hot weather trials in the desert. Developed and produced by FNSS of Turkey, it has become the base for the Malaysian 8x8 IFV. (FNSS)
EDR - Eurosatory 2016 Supplement
In this special Eurosatory 2016 supplement, Paolo Valpolini discusses both wheeled and tracked armoured vehicles.