UK: Mechanised Infantry Vehicle

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UK: Mechanised Infantry Vehicle

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Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Procurement inquiry (24. April 2018) ... inquiry10/
  • Written evidence submitted by Ministry of Defence

    Evidence session, 24 April 2018: Additional Questions
    Q44 and Qq50-51: In evidence, Lieutenant General Jaques anticipated that through the life of the programme there could be 10-20% weight growth on the vehicle. What assessment has been made of the impact of this potential weight increase on the ability to transport the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) particularly by air? Please also set out the differences between the Boxer requirements in 2003, when the UK left the programme, and those articulated by the Army for the MIV.

    The BOXER vehicle offers various configurations to enable the transportation of the vehicle up to its maximum Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) by air (including utilising the A400M fleet).

    The key requirement changes between BOXER in 2003 (when the C130 requirement was introduced), and MIV (which does not have a C130 requirement), principally relate to an increased threat environment, greater adaptability in through-life ownership and mobility at increased protection levels.
    Preliminary Market Engagement (PME)
    Question Set ... /84068.pdf
United Kingdom planning procurement of Boxer wheeled vehicle

Munich, London 03. April 2018 – The British Ministry of Defence announced on March 31st that it will re-join the Boxer-programme. With this, the United Kingdom, which played a major role in the vehicle’s design, development and testing from 1999 to 2004, has taken the first step to become one of the major Boxer-User-Nation. The negotiations are conducted by the Organization for Joint Armaments Cooperation (OCCAR) and ARTEC.

The framework conditions for the collective procurement of this vehicle with other nations have not changed since the initial phase of the Boxer programme. With three countries already actively using it – Germany, the Netherlands and Lithuania – there are many advantages not only in procurement, but also in the application phase. Together with partners BAE Systems, Pearson Engineering and Thales UK, the ARTEC Consortium will thus be creating or securing over 1,000 jobs in the United Kingdom.
MIV BOXER manufacture drives UK jobs and prosperity

In early 2018 leading British companies in the defence sector BAE Systems, Pearson Engineering and Thales UK have signed agreements with the ARTEC consortium as partners for the production of BOXER. Should the armoured wheeled vehicle be selected as the British Army’s next generation Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV), at least 60% of BOXER’s value creation and 100% of final assembly will take place in Britain. To ensure the best value to the British tax payer, ARTEC has defined a competitive process for the main partners and their supply chains to follow.

ARTEC’s investment in the UK value chain is estimated to secure or create at least 1,000 jobs all across the country. The UK partnership approach will ensure that British companies are fully embedded in the MIV supply chain. Rolls Royce, Parker-Hannifin, WFEL and British subsidiaries of the ARTEC parent companies will also supply British content.

British Army re-joins Boxer programme (31. März 2018)
The British Army has taken a step towards exploring a deal for a fleet of new armoured vehicles, potentially supporting at least 1,000 British jobs, by announcing it is re-joining the Boxer programme today.

The UK will re-join the Boxer programme and explore options to equip the Army with the 8x8 troop carriers to modernise its vehicle fleet and meet the Army’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle requirement.

The UK played a major role in the original design, development and testing of the Boxer, and would reassume the rights it had as a project partner if a deal was to go through - allowing the option for the vehicle to be built and exported from the UK. The deal could see the Boxer fully assembled in the UK with at least 60% of the manufacturing with British industry, sustaining and developing UK industrial capabilities, facilities and skills.

Artec, the consortium who manufacture the Boxer vehicle, have already made commitments to British industry by signing partnership agreements with BAE Systems, Pearson Engineering and Thales UK, in anticipation of a deal being struck.

It is expected that British companies would compete for the manufacture and supply of many of the vehicle sub-systems, as well as for a full production and assembly line in the UK. Estimates suggest Artec’s planned investment in the UK could secure or create at least 1,000 jobs, based across the country including locations such as Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Stockport, Telford and Wales.

With the likes of Rolls Royce already powering Boxers with engines and Parker-Hannifin, William Cook Engineering and other British companies also supplying sub-systems for the vehicle, this deal could secure a broader industrial UK partnership.

The MOD is now taking forward negotiations with the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) and Artec. Looking forward to the Assessment Phase, concluding in 2019, this will consider the comparable benefits of manufacturing locations and different supply chains for Boxer, as well as value-for-money. Any deal will be subject to commercial negotiation and assessment in 2019 and the aim is to have the first vehicles in service with the Army in 2023.
The organisation manages the Boxer programme and, as an OCCAR member state, the UK has the necessary Intellectual Property Rights to the Boxer and greater control over ensuring Britain benefits from supply chain work.

The MOD conducted a comprehensive market analysis of Mechanised Infantry Vehicles in-service, entering service and in development. The analysis was guided by the British Army’s requirements and how best to deliver them. The Boxer delivered on protected mobility, capacity, flexibility, utility and agility.

As part of the proposed deal, the UK is also expected to see substantial inward investment from Rheinmetall, one of Artec’s parent companies, who signalled their intention to launch a production and integration centre for armoured vehicles in the UK as part of the programme. This would represent a significant commitment which would lead to long-lasting armoured vehicle capability in the UK.

The other of Artec’s parent companies, Krauss-MaffeiWegmann (KMW), already has a substantial UK manufacturing facility in Stockport, from where it designs, manufactures and supports complex military equipment as far afield as the US and Australia, as well as parts of Europe. ... -programme

The Defence Equipment Plan 2017

31 January 2018 ... _Final.pdf

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Beitrag von theoderich » Do 19. Jul 2018, 13:12

UK MoD could inject £11.5bn for more armoured vehicles
The UK MoD has indicated it could purchase nearly a thousand more Boxer 8x8 vehicles on top of the 400 vehicles it has already earmarked for the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme, increasing total costs to £11.5 billion.

A contract notice posted on the Tenders Electronic Daily website indicated ... ... -vehicles/


United Kingdom-Bristol: Armoured combat vehicles

2018/S 137-314073

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice


II.1.1) Title:

Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Reference number: MIV/0001
II.1.4) Short description:

The UK MOD intends to purchase, via the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), an initial procurement of batched quantity 400-600 protected 8x8 BOXER vehicles in 4 variants plus driver training vehicles, reference vehicles and support.

The batched quantity may be revised if the demands of any UK strategic direction impacts on MIV.

Support covers spares, consumables, technical publications, tools, test equipment, training systems and support; project, safety, quality, security, configuration, obsolescence management services (throughout design, development, manufacture and in-service); repair and maintenance activity; and Post Design Services (e.g. future development of different vehicle variants), upgrades and new capabilities or requirements determined by any new defence priorities (e.g. security threat based); requirement based (e.g. medium calibre cannon); changes to legislation; introduction of new systems; emergent safety / environmental issues; and standardisation.
II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)

Value excluding VAT: 11 500 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.11) Information about options

Options: yes

Description of options:

The contract will contain options to:
  • increase the quantity of vehicles by up to an additional 900, potentially taking the overall quantity to 1 500 vehicles,
  • increase the Authority’s capability in the future,
  • increase the contract duration by up to 9 years, potentially giving an overall contract duration of up to 24 years,
  • increase the contract value by an additional current estimate 8Bn Ex VAT, depending on future government priorities / spend, potentially giving an overall contract value estimated to be 11 500 000 000 GBP Ex VAT.
It is possible that the Authority will exercise none, some or all of the options. The options to extend the Contract duration may increase the Contract duration in stages as directed by the Authority and as such, the 24-year duration and Contract value is an indicative figure. ... HTML&src=0

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Beitrag von theoderich » Di 18. Sep 2018, 22:09

Boxer UK update: Boxing clever
Since its inception in the 1990s, the Boxer programme has had highs and lows. By 2015, the vehicle had only secured two customers – lead partner nations Germany and the Netherlands. Three years on, however, and the 8x8 has been selected by several countries and is now enjoying its most successful period so far.
The vision, known in the 1990s as the Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV), was to consolidate armoured platform production in Europe and have a common AFV family across the major regional powers, namely France, Germany and the UK – similar in principle to the Eurofighter Typhoon or A400M.

While sound in theory, in practice the project to build a pan-European armoured vehicle was mired by morphing requirements from partner nations and inevitable political disagreements surrounding manufacturing and workshare. France left the programme in 1999, going on to develop its own 8x8 VBCI, and the UK followed suit in 2003, citing the MRAV’s significant weight, but having no real alternative in place.

What was once seen as an ambitious defence project was scaled down to a joint German-Dutch programme (the latter joining in 2001), which saw the roll-out of the first series production Boxer in 2009.

Turning things around

Now, nearly a decade on, the Rheinmetall/Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) JV ARTEC has delivered over 400 vehicles and added four more countries to its list of potential operators.

Lithuania became the third Boxer partner nation in 2015, selecting an IFV variant of the vehicle known as the Vilkas, and this year has seen Australia and Slovenia select the platform for its respective reconnaissance and mechanised requirements. Most notable, though, was the UK’s announcement in March that it would rejoin the programme, 15 years after the MoD decided it would withdraw from it.

The decision confirmed rumours that had circulated for several years that the UK wanted to expedite a sole-source Boxer acquisition as its new Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV), especially after the disastrous attempt to acquire an 8x8 medium-weight platform as part of the Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) in the 2000s.

In April, senior UK officials put more meat on the bones of their proposed acquisition of the Boxer 8x8, outlining how much it will cost and what the proposed workshare was likely to be amongst UK companies. Guto Bebb, the UK Minister for Defence Procurement confirmed the proposed cost of the MIV programme would be in the region of £4.4 billion ($5.83 billion) over the next ten years.

That figure will include procurement of approximately 500 vehicles with integration of UK-specific capabilities, such as C4I and ECM equipment, and support for an initial ten-year period.

One senior British Army source told Shephard that the 500 vehicles will likely include four main variants: APC; ambulance; command; and engineer platforms. He confirmed that there would be no heavily armed IFV variant of MIV. That indicates that the UK will closely follow the operational experience of both the German and Netherlands use of Boxer, which have a similar mix of variants already in service.

That was echoed by Lt Gen Paul Jacques, the MoD’s Chief of Materiel (Land) during the committee meeting, during which he told British MPs that the Germans ‘had been very forthcoming’ in their experience of Boxer and its use in Afghanistan. ‘We have a great deal of confidence; the Germans are good at collecting data and pulling it together and what its actual performance will be. It’s very novel at this stage of an acquisition to have a very thorough understanding of the performance of what you’re buying in detail,’ he added.

Germany is currently in the process of upgrading its Boxer vehicles to the A2 standard.

Value for money

The UK’s cooperation with the ARTEC consortium has also extended to pricing, with German and Dutch costings also being made available to the British government. ‘That enables us to have a very strong confidence in the price that we will pay for the vehicle.’

Negotiations will still take place, with officials noting that the requirement for 500 units could bring the cost down further due to economies of scale.

Jacques also revealed that the Australian Army, which announced in March that it would be purchasing 211 vehicles for A$5.2 billion ($4.09 billion), released its testing data to the British Army after it went through an extensive trial period against the Patria/BAE Systems AMV as part of the country’s Project Land 400 Phase 2. ‘That gives us a mine of data for us to understand, which will shape what we will do in the demonstration phase,’ said the general.

A two-year demonstration phase will see the British Army refine the UK-specific requirements, including the communications fit, ECM equipment, RWS and safety equipment.

Currently, the MIV programme is in its assessment phase, which is seeing industry compete for workshare on the multi-billion-pound effort. This will likely run to the end of 2019 and be followed by a main gate decision that effectively greenlights the project. Jacques noted that for the assessment phase he wanted to have a ‘complete understanding of the architecture of the vehicle’ to take into the demonstration phase.

Bebb told Parliament that purchasing through the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) – the body that runs the Boxer programme – would also ensure price transparency and full intellectual property rights for potential exports. ‘The degree of detail in terms of pricing which is available through OCCAR is certainly significantly more than would happen through a normal competition process,’ he said.

In terms of capability, Jacques pointed out the army had determined that the Boxer is the best protected vehicle in its class, offering the service the best growth potential in terms of weight and power for the MIV’s projected 40-year life. The platform’s modularity, principally the ability to swap out mission modules, was also cited as a key capability for future adaptability.

Boxer vehicles are currently produced in both Germany and the Netherlands by KMW and Rheinmetall, although that manufacturing base will extend to Australia and the UK. ARTEC has promised that 60% of the MIV programme’s value and 100% of final assembly would be in the UK, supporting at least 1,000 jobs. ARTEC has teamed with BAE Systems, Thales UK and Pearson Engineering to support manufacturing in the UK.

There is still a competition ongoing between this trio of companies, said Stefan Lischka, MD of ARTEC, also speaking to the defence committee. He added that there will also be competition for supplying subcomponents, which will make up 90% of the vehicle, amongst Tier 2 companies.

Craig Priday, MD of Pearson Engineering, confirmed during the hearing that his company had been selected for assembly of the Boxer drive modules at its facility in Newcastle. A significant amount of fabrication work is also expected to be carried out by KMW-owned WFEL in Stockport, according to Rheinmetall Defence UK boss Peter Hardisty. He added that he expected a ‘large package’ of module work to be carried out in the West Midlands. Although not named, this is likely to be at BAE Systems’ facility in Telford. ... ng-clever/

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Beitrag von theoderich » Mi 19. Sep 2018, 20:19

British companies get green light to press ahead with new Army vehicle plans, Defence Minister announces

The Army intends to make an initial purchase of over 500 Boxer vehicles, and the Defence Minister has today announced that British suppliers have been given the green light to bring forward concrete plans for the project, which is set to support at least 1,000 UK jobs.

Artec, the consortium who lead on the production of the troop carriers, have been given the go-ahead to invite industry to bring forward actual contractible proposals for work on the vehicles.
Artec will now complete supplier selection and confirm their proposal to manufacture and support Boxer in the UK, offering new opportunities to British suppliers for what is set to be their largest single order.
The first vehicles are set to be in-service by 2023. ... -announces

MBDA unveils Future Land Indirect Fires concepts
MBDA has unveiled a number of land precision effects concept for integration with the ARTEC 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting vehicle to address the British Army’s future land surface-to-surface fire requirements.
The concepts – part of the company’s Future Land Indirect Fires offerings for the Army – are intended to “provide the ability to flexibly engage difficult targets at range with agile targeting methods and a high degree of discrimination”, according to the company.

One concept provides for an eight-cell land indirect fire mission module incorporating a 178 mm surface-to-surface munition with either radio-frequency (RF)/semi-active laser (SAL) or electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) seeker options. “Boxer is effectively designed to accept different mission modules that can be swapped in or out as required. So we are proposing is a modular mission module equipped to conduct a land indirect fires role,” an MBDA spokesperson told Jane’s . The concept leverages a number of technologies developed for the MBDA missile portfolio, including the 178 mm Brimstone and Spear missiles, along with the development in the 166 mm Common Anti-air Modular Missile family. One of the concept images shows what appears to be a stretched adaptation of the Brimstone missile with an aft actuator array leveraged from the CAMM effector. Another MBDA Future Land Indirect Fires concept appears to show a larger calibre air-breathing concept with an active RF seeker for longer-range effects. ... s-concepts

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£2.8bn armoured vehicle contract secured for British Army
The Defence Secretary has announced that the army will receive more than 500 Boxer 8x8 high mobility, network-enabled armoured vehicles to transport troops onto the frontline.
“The Boxer vehicle is a leader in its field and I look forward to it arriving in units from 2023.”
Initially the Army will buy a mixture of the troop-carrying variant, ambulances, command vehicles, and specialist designs to carry military equipment.
This contract was signed ahead of the pre-election period due to the strong value-for-money agreement reached with industry and other OCCAR nations, which expires on December 31st 2019, and announced today due to expected market implications. It would be possible for a new Government to take a different position.

The MOD Permanent Secretary, as the Accounting Officer, considered the value for money implications and, on this basis, determined the most appropriate course of action is to proceed with the contract award ahead of the election. ... itish-army

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