Rheinmetall modernized a further 27 8×8 boxer command vehicles for the German armed forces to bring them to the A2 version. The Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Service Support (BAAINBw) awarded the contract at the end of last month. The 27 vehicles are being modernized at the Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH plant in Kassel. The work is scheduled to begin next March and be completed between 2022 and 2024. Although the amount was not disclosed, Rheinmetall confirms that it is less than double digits and relates to millions of euros.
The command vehicle or FFz in the name of the Bundeswehr is one of four variants of the Boxer armored transport vehicle used by the Bundeswehr. The FFz works in mechanized formations, where it serves as a mobile tactical operations center or command post. The vehicles have a comprehensive range of radios and advanced C4I systems (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence).
The A2 level upgrade includes a wide range of refurbished equipment such as the driver display system, air conditioning and exhaust ducts, towing mechanism, driver’s seat, lighting system, changes in the various software programs and communication devices including satellite, voice and data.
This new order complements the first of 38 Boxer command post vehicles launched in 2017 and ensures that the fleet of 65 Boxer command post vehicles with the latest technical advances can operate for many years.
Photo: The 8×8 boxer vehicle configured as a command post and upgraded to the A2 version (Rheinmetall)
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