A new military vehicle being touted as the solution to the British Army’s needs continues to be unveiled by German company Rheinmetall.
The organization is showcasing its “Boxer” armoured vehicles in a huge defence show now and it is flagging its United kingdom credentials because it steps up its campaign to win a £3bn deal to equip the British military.
The Military is keen to exchange its ageing wheeled armoured vehicles with increased capable ones that will equip new strike brigades which are a vital a part of Britain’s new military strategy.
Generals want eight-wheeled Military Infantry Vehicles (MIVs) operating rapidly and sources state that an agreement for between 500 and 800 from the vehicles might be tendered through the finish of the season.
Peter Hardisty, Rheinmetall md, stated the Boxer is the greatest vehicle to do the job and it has its origins inside a pan-European project which Britain brought out of.
“Boxer has British DNA,” he stated. “Even although the United kingdom pulled from the consortium, another people stored the look features Britain wanted.”
Built with a consortium headed by Germany’s Rheinmetall, Boxer is viewed senior military commanders like a leading contender for just about any contract. However, this past year it had been the origin of debate with rival manufacturers claiming Rheinmetall was while being handed the job with no competition.
Competitors – for example General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, France’s Nexter, Singapore’s ST Kinetics and Finland’s Patria – claimed Boxer was around two times the cost of the products, and might have little manufacturing footprint within the United kingdom – claims denied by Rheinmetall.
Last fall the MoD made an appearance to back lower, issuing a “preliminary market engagement” document inviting suppliers to request more details concerning the MIV.
However, defence sources suggest the necessity is really great anything could still visit a “single source” deal to hurry up MIVs stepping into the leading line cut the cost from the Boxer by 5pc.
Rheinmetall is applying the Defence and Security Equipment Worldwide show in Docklands now to produce a form of Boxer it believes is going to be ideal for that United kingdom military – in addition to highlight its “Britishness”.
“By value 60pc from the vehicle is going to be produced in the United kingdom,” stated Peter Hardisty, Rheinmetall md. “We aren’t speaking in regards to a final set up line, but parts fabricated within the United kingdom in manufacturing facilities within the Midlands, North East and Scotland.”
Also, he asked a feeling of selecting MIVs on their own industrial footprint instead of their abilities.
“The protection they provide troops is type in my thoughts,Inches he stated. “I don’t believe the British Army should sacrifice training learnt hard means by Afghanistan with ‘Snatch’ Land Rovers. It might be morally wrong to place youthful servicemen and ladies in less properly protected vehicles.”
An MoD spokesman stated: “No decision continues to be adopted the purchase technique for MIV and at this time our approach remains competitive procurement inside the logistics whenever we can. A comment isn’t expected before the finish of 2017.”