The Australian Army has commenced training on the new Boxer 8×8 combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRV), which are being delivered under Project LAND 400 Phase 2.
CAPTION: Soldiers from the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) conduct cross-country training in the new Boxer CRV at Wide Bay Training Area, Queensland. Photo by Trooper Jonathan Goedhart.
More than 200 new Boxer 8×8 CRVs will replace Army’s ASLAV, delivering Army a new, cutting-edge capability.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the commencement of training brought Army a step closer to having world-class combat reconnaissance capability.
“These vehicles will provide our soldiers with increased protection, lethality, connectivity and mobility for the next 30 years,” Minister Reynolds said.
To date, Defence has accepted delivery of five Boxer vehicles with an additional vehicle expected by the end of this week.
211 new Boxer 8×8 CRVs will be delivered by Rheinmetall Defence Australia under the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability Program.
The first 25 vehicles will be assembled in Germany and delivered to Australia as part of technology transfer activities to familiarise Australian workers and suppliers on the specific manufacturing techniques of these vehicles.
The remaining vehicles will be assembled at Rheinmetall’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Redbank, near Ipswich, Queensland.