Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr and Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Warrant Officer Grant McFarlane recently visited Army brigades in Queensland.
CAPTION: Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr (left) is taken for a drive in an 8×8 Boxer as soldiers from 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment undertake familiarisation training on the vehicle at the Greenbank Training Area, Queensland. Photo by Corporal Colin Dadd.
During the visit, the Chief of Army met with soldiers and viewed a range of capabilities, including virtual reality simulation centres, amphibious capabilities and the new 8×8 Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle.
Army recently conducted the first driver-training course on the new Boxer 8×8 CRV.
More than 200 new Boxer 8×8 CRVs will replace Army’s ASLAV.
To date, Defence has accepted delivery of five Boxer vehicles with an additional vehicle expected by the end of this week.
211 new Boxers will be delivered by Rheinmetall Defence Australia under the $5billion 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 in specialised manufacturing techniques.
The remaining vehicles will be assembled at Rheinmetall’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Redbank, near Ipswich, Queensland, which was officially opened by Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier this month.