Boxers built in Brisbane for export to Germany

The Albanese Government has agreed to a major defence export deal with Germany, signing an in-principle agreement for Australia to supply more than 100 Boxer Heavy Weapon Carrier vehicles, to be built in Brisbane.

FILE PHOTO: Australian Army Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles in the wild. Photo by Trooper Jonathan Goedhart.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese witnessed the signing of the agreement by Ambassador to Germany Philip Green and Benedikt Zimmer, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defence, during his visit to Berlin.

Once finalised, the deal would see Rheinmetall leverage its production capacity at its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Redbank, Queensland, to supply the vehicles to Germany.

Prime Minister Albanese said the deal represented one of Australia’s largest ever defence export contracts, worth more than $1billion to the Australian economy in the production and supply of vehicles, supporting approximately 1000 Australian jobs and providing a significant boost to Australia’s sovereign defence industry.

“This is one of the biggest defence sales in Australia’s history and is worth over $1billion to the Australian economy in the production and supply of these vehicles,” Mr Albanese said.

“The agreement will boost Australia’s sovereign defence industry, secure local jobs and contribute to Australia’s economic growth.

“This deal secures well-paid jobs in Queensland and across the country.”

Defence Minister Richard Marles said the Defence relationship between Australia and Germany was growing significantly, and the government was excited about this in-principle agreement for Rheinmetall to build Boxers for the German Army in Brisbane.

“This is a significant investment for our local defence industry – securing local jobs and contributing to Australia’s economic growth.

“I look forward to seeing this significant deal between our two countries continue to progress.”

Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy said it was exciting that Boxers made in Brisbane, using Australian suppliers, would be used by the German Army.

“This export opportunity highlights the world-leading skills and capabilities within Australia’s defence industry,” Mr Conroy said.

“This deal will support hundreds of well-paid, high skill jobs and grow the defence relationship between Australia and Germany.”








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7 thoughts on “Boxers built in Brisbane for export to Germany

  • 08/09/2023 at 9:45 am

    Well here we are less than 2 months later.

    Germany’s Business Insider publication has reported government sources in Berlin as saying “the procurement of new Boxers planned jointly with Australia has been stopped” following the decision to award the larger IFV contract to Hanwha.

    You just can’t trust Australia to keep its word, the French knew it and now the Germans.

    Australia, just a little more American every day!

  • 16/07/2023 at 1:34 pm

    It’s ironic that a German designed vehicle, now built in Australia is being sold back to Germany. No doubt the Germans will pass them onto Ukraine once in Europe, as per the tanks, all because our government won’t.

  • 16/07/2023 at 1:30 pm

    It’s ironic that a German designed vehicle, now built in Australia is being sold back to Germany.

  • 16/07/2023 at 1:03 pm

    Our FIFO Airbus PM needs tell more truthful facts – apart from the armoured Bisalloy and air in the tyres, the Australian component is only labour to bolt everything together. That’s not “built in” or “manufactured in” – it’s just “assembled in”

  • 16/07/2023 at 12:47 pm

    I’d be interested to see what proportion of the components are being built in Australia vs imported from overseas and assembled into the vehicle here. While it would unlikely be a totally 100% Australian build, we need to headed in the direction of production of parts and then assembly as opposed to just wholly the latter.

  • 16/07/2023 at 12:30 pm

    Here’s all the proof needed to show the dangers and results of being a U.S. Ally.

    Germany, once THE European Industrial Powerhouse is reduced to buying it’s OWN designs from the other side of the World, how far and quickly the mighty have fallen!

    Germany is experiencing a Nation wide shut-down of Industry, Investment, Capital, Manufacturing and growth due to the BETRAYAL of it’s Energy Sources (Nord Stream 1 & 2), being sabotaged by ”Ukrainian backed groups”, (read U.K. and U.S. Navies), before it emptied it’s Arsenals in an unwinnable War against an neighbouring Superpower fighting for its very existence!

    Germany as an example of a Country DESTROYED FOR U.S. INTERESTS ONLY, must be a wake-up call for Australia in it’s race for 1st Place in the coming Sino/American War.

    Weather Australia ”Does a Ukraine” or becomes ”The Pacific Germany”, it must be obvious to even the most one-eyed War Pig.
    Alliance with the U.S.A. is a death sentence for a Nation.

    Germany is now the Sick Man of Europe.
    Who will win the Pacific Title?

    Neutrality for Australia.


  • 16/07/2023 at 12:21 pm

    It is good to see manufacturing jobs being brought back to Australia.


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