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When the Ministry of Defence announced that the UK would be re-entering the Boxer Programme it said it was exploring the possibility of equipping the Army with the troop carriers in an effort to modernise its vehicle fleet and meet its infantry vehicle requirement.
But what is the Boxer vehicle, and how might it add to the British Army?
The idea of the Boxer came into being at the end of the Cold War when terrorism was a newly recognised threat.
The areas in which the British Army would be deploying were vastly different to those of the Cold War years, and there were no vehicles equipped to the terrain of Middle-Eastern countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Therefore, in 1998, Germany, France and the UK decided to work together on developing a vehicle suitable for the hot, dry and arid terrain of the Middle East, designed to meet demanding mobility requirements.
On the road, the boxer can reach speeds of up to 70 mph and is hardened to withstand the heat, shockwaves and electromagnetic effects of a nuclear explosion.
In 2003, the UK withdrew from the Boxer programme and was replaced by the Netherlands. Boxers were ordered by a number of European countries.
The first Boxers were deployed in Afghanistan in 2011, and were, according to the German High Commander “a complete success”.
The Boxer has 15 variations and can serve a variety of purposes, from troop transport to heavy artillery, and now the UK is considering re-entering the programme.