Production of the British Army's Boxer vehicles has started at WFEL's plant in Stockport.
It follows the beginning of welding work in Germany last month, where prototype production has been taking place.
Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin, said the work starting in Stockport was "a significant milestone for the Boxer programme".
The mechanised infantry vehicles are due to be delivered in 2022 and be ready for service the following year.
The United Kingdom re-joined the Boxer programme in 2018.
As part of "modernising" plans for the Army's land vehicles, the Boxer will replace the capability currently offered by the Warrior.
A long-planned upgrade to the Warrior has been cancelled, with the armoured vehicle being retired by the mid-2020s.
Watch: A closer look at a Boxer, filmed in 2019.
The Boxer is an 8x8 armoured vehicle, of which there are four variants:
- An infantry carrier
- A specialist carrier
- A command vehicle
- An ambulance
It is hoped the Boxer will be able to be deployed around the world to deliver soldiers to the battlefield, travelling long distances quickly, while under enemy fire and in the most challenging environments.
Its design is modular, meaning that the vehicle base platform can be reconfigured with different modules to fill different roles.
Cover image: MOD.