Boxer armoured vehicle site gets a visit
Posted on 25 Mar 2020 and read 979 times
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin recently visited Telford-based RBSL, as the company prepared to start production of the ‘state of the art’ Boxer armoured vehicle for the British Army.
) will build, assemble, integrate and test Boxer structures at its Telford facility. The company was named as one of the vehicle’s manufacturers by ARTEC GmbH — the consortium awarded a £2.3 billion contract last year to deliver 500 Boxer 8¥8 high mobility network-enabled armoured vehicles.
Around 1,000 jobs will be sustained in the UK through this work, and around 450 of these jobs will be at RBSL; the first vehicles should be delivered to the British Army in 2023.
Mr Quin said: “I’m pleased to see first-hand how the Boxer programme is progressing at RBSL. Each element of the supply chain is important in providing the army with the new armoured vehicles.”
He was given a tour of the company’s site and met some of the workforce, including newly recruited apprentices.
“The Boxer programme is supported by a nation-wide supply chain, and the vehicles will form part of the British Army’s strike brigades — new units set up to deploy rapidly over long distances across varied terrains.
"Initially, the Army will buy a mixture of the troop-carrying Boxer ambulances, command vehicles and a variant designed to carry military equipment.
"The programme aims to source more than 60%, of the vehicle content (by value) from UK suppliers, ensuring that the UK maintains the manufacturing and engineering expertise to support the vehicles.”