- Armoured Vehicles
The start of 2013 will see the introduction of the Boxer armoured wheeled vehicle to replace the remaining YPR armoured vehicles and the M-577 armoured tracked command vehicles.
An important feature of the new vehicle is its modular system. Each vehicle consists of two parts: a standard ‘drive module’ (the base vehicle), upon which is mounted the mission-specific module. The mission module differs according to the Boxer version. The Boxer is highly mobile, has a large internal capacity and load capacity and provides good ballistic protection for the vehicle occupants.
Length 7.93 m
Width 3 m
Height 2.4 m (depending on the mission module)
Maximum total weight 35 ton
Maximum speed 103 km/h
Transmission 7-speed automatic gearbox and permanent eight-wheeled drive
Engine diesel 539 kW
Torque 2700 Nm at 1450 rpm
Fording depth 1.5 m
Step climbing capability 0.8 m
Max. straight gradient 60%
Max. transverse gradient 30%
Action radius 1,050 km (surfaced road)
Turning circle < 2 m
Armament Protector M151 with a .50 (12.7 mm) machine gun
Maximum crew 9
In use with Royal Netherlands Army
The procurement of the Boxer is a joint venture between the Netherlands and Germany. The Netherlands will purchase 200 Boxer armoured wheeled vehicles in six different versions.
1. Boxer Command Post Vehicle (CP)
- Number: 60
- Crew: 1 commander, 1 gunner, 1 driver as permanent crew member, 3 staff officers, 1 staff assistant (in the commander’s position). There is room for one extra person on board.
- The Boxer CP is equipped for command and control and will be deployed in various combat battalions. The wheeled vehicle has sufficient space to accommodate 4 workstations linked by a local area network (LAN) to the Battlefield Management System (BMS) and the Theatre Independent Army and Air Force Network (Titaan).
2. Boxer Ambulance (AMB) – medical evacuation vehicle
- Number: 52
- Crew: 1 driver, 1 commander and 1 medic.
- The Boxer AMB will replace the YPR medical evacuation variant (GWT). The vehicle can transport up to 3 lying or 7 sitting patients, or combinations of 2 lying or 3 sitting, or 1 lying and 4 sitting patients.
3. Boxer Engineer Group Vehicle (GNGP)
- Number: 53
- Crew: 1 commander of the engineering group, 1 driver, 1 acting commander, 1 gunner and 5 members of the engineering group.
- The Boxer GNGP will replace the YPR Engineer Group Vehicle. The Defence organisation is converting 12 Boxer GNGP vehicles to the Boxer Battle Damage Repair (BDR) vehicle.
4. Boxer Battle Damage Repair Vehicle (BDR)
- Number: 12
- Crew: 1 commander, 1 gunner and 1 driver. Room for 1 passenger.
- The vehicle provides maintenance and diagnostic services for a number of units.
5. Boxer Cargo Vehicle (Cargo)
- Number: 27
- Crew: 1 commander/gunner and 1 driver.
- The Boxer Cargo will replace the YPR Cargo. This vehicle is designed for carrying supplies on the battlefield. The special cargo floor ensures that the supplies can be firmly secured.
6. Boxer Driver Training Vehicle (DTV)
- Number: 8
- Crew: 1 driver (trainee), 1 driving instructor and 2 other trainees.
- Driver training is carried out in the Driver Training Vehicle. The trainee driver sits in the driver’s station in the drive module. The driving instructor sits in the driver training cabin (the mission module, with windows), together with the two other trainees. The trainees take turns to sit in the driver’s station. In this way, the trainees who are not at the controls can learn from the actions of the driver and gain more insight into traffic situations.
Except for the Boxer Ambulance, all the other Boxer versions have a remote-controlled weapon system. This means that the gunner does not sit in the weapon station, but at another position in the vehicle from which he controls the weapon station with the aid of a joystick and monitor.
The first Boxer armoured wheeled vehicles will be delivered to the Royal Netherlands Armyat the start of 2013.These deliveries will be the Cargo, Ambulance, and Driver Training Vehicle versions. They will be followed, in late 2013, by the Boxer Command Post and in 2015 by the Boxer Engineer Group Vehicle. The introduction of the Battle Damage Repair version is scheduled for 2016/2017.