Rheinmetall Secures Major Deal: German Army Procures 123 Boxer APCs Valued at €2.7 Billion

The advanced Boxer APCs are armed with MELLS Anti-Tank Missile System, Derived from Israeli Rafael's Spike missile technology

Photo: Rheinmetall website

Leading German defense firm, Rheinmetall, announced over the weekend that it had secured a significant contract from the German Army. The contract entails the production and supply of 123 Boxer Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), valued at approximately €2.7 billion. Notably, these vehicles are slated for manufacturing at Rheinmetall's facility in Australia, with deliveries set to commence in 2025.

The new infantry APC will replace the wheeled Wiesel ("Weasel") armored vehicle currently used for providing direct tactical fire support to infantry units in the German army. The APC is based on the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV), which serves as the wheeled armored patrol vehicle for the Australian Army.

The Boxer is an 8x8 vehicle equipped with a Lance turret that carries two fighters and its main weapon systems are a 30mm MK30-2 ABM automatic cannon made by Rheinmetall, which is also installed in the German Puma armored vehicles and the MELLS anti-tank missile system based the Spike anti-tank missile manufactured by Israeli Rafael.

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