The Australian Army has commenced training on the new Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) which are being delivered under the Morrison Government’s LAND 400 Phase 2 program.
The 211 new Boxer 8×8 CRVs will replace Army’s Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) fleet, delivering Army a new, cutting edge capability.
The LAND 400 program will provide the Army with a fleet of modern armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) characterized by increased levels of protection, lethality and mobility. The new vehicles will be equipped with modern and highly capable sensors and communications suites which will ensure the new vehicles remain a potent weapon system over the next 30 years.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the commencement of training brings Army a step closer to having world-class combat reconnaissance capability.
“These vehicles will provide our soldiers with increased protection, lethality, connectivity and mobility for the next 30 years,” Minister Reynolds said. “Defence has continued recruiting and training personnel under COVID-safe conditions to meet our force generation requirements to continue defending the nation and its interests.”
The Boxer training is being run in a COVID safe manner, Defence and Rheinmetall Defence Australia have worked closely together to implement the necessary changes to ensure the training could be conducted safely.
The Australian Army will introduce several variants of the Boxer with the reconnaissance variant – accounting for 133 of the 211 vehicles – equipped with Rheinmetall’s Lance turret system and armed with a 30mm automatic cannon.
To date, Defence has accepted delivery of five Boxer vehicles with an additional vehicle expected by the end this week.