Australian Army’s Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle achieves Initial Operational Capability (IOC). On this occasion Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Richard Marles, announced the Boxer’s success in meeting Australian Army’s stated operational needs, paving the way for Boxer to be deployed on operations.
Gary Stewart, Managing Director Rheinmetall Defence Australia, stated: „Boxer CRV is the most advanced combat reconnaissance vehicle now in service with the Australian Defence Force. It offers increased protection, lethality and digitisation, and is a game-changer to safely operate in hostile environments and on peace keeping missions.“
Rheinmetall is delivering a total of 211 Boxer CRVs and a further 490 trucks from the company’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence, based at Redbank, South East Queensland. „As the company continues to design, manufacture and deliver the remaining 186 Boxer CRVs, Rheinmetall’s commitment to Australian Industry Capability will provide enduring jobs, skills and opportunity in Australia for many years to come“, said Stewart. „The Boxer’s journey to IOC has included extensive testing and live exercises with the Australian Army. I am proud of the global Rheinmetall team who have worked in partnership with Defence to deliver this important capability milestone. Following this IOC declaration, Rheinmetall continues our work in supporting the path to Final Operational Capability.“