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Australia to Export Over 100 Boxer Combat Vehicles to Germany

The Australian government has signed a deal with Germany for the export of over 100 Boxer combat vehicles to the European country.

German defense firm Rheinmetall will build the vehicles at its Queensland plant under the over 1-billion Australian dollar ($670 million) deal. 

One of Australia’s largest defense export contracts, the deal will boost the local defense industry, supporting approximately 1,000 local jobs.

Boost to Australia’s Defense Ecosystem

“This is one of the biggest defense sales in Australia’s history and is worth over $1 billion to the Australian economy in the production and supply of these vehicles,” Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said while signing the deal on Monday.

“The agreement will boost Australia’s sovereign defense industry, secure local jobs, and contribute to Australia’s economic growth.

“This deal secures well-paid jobs in Queensland and across the country.”

Replacement of Older Military Vehicles

The German Army’s heavy weapons carrier infantry is expected to operate the Boxer with delivery expected to begin as soon as 2024. 

The 8×8 wheeled vehicle is a replacement for the tracked Wiesel armored weapons carrier, in service since the late 1980s.

Multi-Mission Vehicle

The Boxer’s modular design allows it to be configured for a range of missions, including troop carrier, field ambulance, command and control, logistics, and battlefield maintenance.

The vehicle’s infantry fighting variant can accommodate eight soldiers and is equipped with the Lance turret system.

The variant also features a 30-millimeter automatic cannon along with the Rafael Spike LR2 anti-tank missile system.

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