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Boxer Vehicle Production: Rheinmetall’s Bold Move to Establish Base in Australia for Germany’s Military Might

Rheinmetall has confirmed the initiation of negotiations to manufacture over 100 Boxer combat vehicles in Australia for Germany. This endeavor is part of a $1.9 billion agreement signed in March to replace the German Army’s Wiesel armored weapons carriers with direct tactical fire support vehicles. Promoting Military Collaboration between Australia and Germany The production of Boxer vehicles will take place at Rheinmetall’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Queensland.

Scheduled for delivery in 2025, the forthcoming Boxer fleet will be operated by the German Army’s heavy weapon carrier infantry. This program will be conducted concurrently with the development of Boxer vehicles for the Australian Defence Force. “Rheinmetall in Australia has over 900 employees, advanced expertise, and an established manufacturing facility encompassing vehicles, armor, and electronics at Redbank,” stated Nathan Poyner, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia.

“Our Australian and global supply chains will continue to expand, benefiting small and medium-sized enterprises as we secure new orders to complement existing export programs.” “We welcome the close partnership between Australia and Germany in the field of land vehicles, as both nations collaborate to enhance global security.” ‘Extensive Australian Defence Export’ The Boxer vehicles are “proven 8×8 systems” integrated with reconnaissance elements, including the Lance two-man remote-controlled turret system.

The primary weapon of the vehicle is Rheinmetall’s proprietary MK30-2 air burst munition automatic cannon, which is also used in the German Puma infantry fighting vehicles. “The German Boxers to be manufactured at MILVEHCOE will be based on the Australian Boxer Reconnaissance vehicle variant,” stated John Abunassar, Head of Rheinmetall Vehicle Systems.

This opportunity could potentially become one of the largest defense exports in Australia’s history, supporting Rheinmetall’s vision of building and expanding Australia’s defense industry capabilities while integrating it into the Group’s global supply chains.

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