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Australian could build 100 Boxer CRVs for Germany in $1B export deal

Brisbane-based Rheinmetall Defence Australia Pty Limited will build 100 Boxer wheeled Heavy Weapon Carriers for the German Army under an in-principle agreement signed between the Australian and German Governments in Berlin on 10 July. The final agreement has yet to be formalised.

The Australian Army has already ordered 211 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) which are currently being built at Rheinmetall’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Redbank, QLD. The Boxer is fitted with the two-man Lance turret and its main armament is the Rheinmetall MK30-2 ABM automatic cannon, which also features in the German Puma infantry fighting vehicle. The deal will see Rheinmetall leverage its Australian production capacity and strong Australian supply chain.

“The Defence relationship between Australia and Germany is growing significantly, and we are excited about this in-principle agreement for Rheinmetall to build Boxers for the German Army in Brisbane,” said Minister for Defence and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles. “This is a significant investment for our local defence industry; securing local jobs and contributing to Australia’s economic growth.”

“We are excited that Boxers made in Brisbane, using Australian suppliers, will be used by the German Army,” added Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy. “This export opportunity highlights the world-leading skills and capabilities within Australia’s defence industry. This deal will support hundreds of well-paid, high skill jobs and grow the defence relationship between Australia and Germany.”

The sale represents one of Australia’s largest ever defence export contracts, worth over $1 billion to the Australian economy in the production and supply of vehicles, supporting approximately 1,000 local Australian jobs and providing a significant boost to the country’s sovereign defence industry.

Two days later, on 14 July, A Sqn 2nd/14th Light Horse conducted the Army’s first squadron-level live fire exercise using the Boxer on EX Diamond Strike in Townsville.

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