WFEL has received the first official sub-contract for a British company involved in production of the BOXER Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) for the MoD, the company announced on 16 July.
The contract covers the transfer of manufacturing technology from Germany to the UK for the Drive Modules for the BOXER Infantry Carrier, Special Carrier and Ambulance variants, marking a significant milestone in the £2.3 billion (€2.53 billion) UK programme, which calls for delivery of over 500 BOXERs to the British Army
A state-of-the-art wheeled armoured vehicle offering outstanding mobility and protection, BOXER will form an integral part of the British Army’s new Strike Brigade capabilities and is intended to have a service life of over 30 years. Battle-proven, it is in service across NATO and was also recently selected by Australia.
WFEL will play a significant role in delivering the completed BOXER vehicles and is undertaking substantial investment in an advanced manufacturing facility to ensure compliance with the stringent manufacturing requirements of these vehicles.
WFEL Managing Director, Ian Anderton, commented “Our teams have been liaising closely with members of the ARTEC consortium, particularly KMW personnel, culminating in the awarding of this contract […] We can now move further forward with developing our own supply chain partnerships around the UK, creating and sustaining high levels of employment.”
WFEL has a long-standing relationship the MoD, having supplied its rapidly-deployable Medium Girder Bridge (MGB) systems for many years.