Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) is to build over 260 command and special carrier variants of the BOXER for the UK’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme under an £860 million (€967 million) subcontract from Rheinmetall Landsysteme. The contract will create and sustain over 1,000 jobs across the UK and will allow RBSL to provide work and training opportunities to more than 60 apprentices over the next five years, which is anticipated to be replicated across the UK supply chain.
The MIV programme aims to source 60%, by value, of the contract from within the UK. In order to achieve this, RBSL is part of the MIV Joint Procurement Team, which has engaged with suppliers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The team has issued over 250 requests for quotations, and RBSL has completed numerous detailed supplier audits. A vibrant UK supply chain will help support economic growth: the MIV programme aims to support and enhance the UK supply chain, including SMEs, ensuring a national resource of the skills and expertise to support the vehicles throughout their operational life.
“RBSL’s subcontract is a great step forward after months of hard work. Working with Rheinmetall and other partners, RBSL is bringing new skills and technologies into the business and the UK supply chain,” observed RBSL Managing Director, Dr Marco Nöding.