Australia has announced the selection of the BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle from Rheinmetall Defence Australia for its LAND 400 Phase 2 requirement.
The contract is worth in excess of $5 billion and will result in the procurement of 211 vehicles (down from 225) and will lead to the creation of 1,450 Australian jobs.
“The vehicle will enhance the safety, security and protection of our troops on operations,” the Australian Army said on its twitter handle.
The armoured vehicles will be manufactured by Rheinmetall Defence Australia in Queensland, overcoming competition from BAE Systems, which had partnered with the State of Victoria for the programme.
The Australian armed forces also have a requirement for a Mounted Close Combat Capability, primarily enabled by a new Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) which will replace the M113 APC, as part of the follow-on LAND 400 Phase 3 programme, which is expected to be worth $15 billion.
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