British Army Boxer Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
British Army Boxer Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

Horstman Produces First Gearbox for UK BOXER Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Programme

Horstman, a company of the RENK Group, is delighted to announce that it has produced and delivered the first Angular Gearbox destined for the UK Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme. Using the latest digital technology we trained with our RENK colleagues in Germany to minimise travel during these COVID times but were able to share assembly information in real-time with full situational awareness using the REALWEAR HMT-1® headsets and software. Following a contract award from KMW in 2021, the Horstman and RENK team has worked hard to reach this significant milestone. Investment in a new assembly area, equipment and training and with support from RENK using virtual presence technology has meant that we are now ramping to full production rate over the coming weeks.

Clint Southard, the Horstman Programme Manager, said, “It has taken a lot of hard work and patience to deliver the first gearbox but it is worth it. We are looking forward to growing the team as we ramp up production to supply to the UK’s BOXER programme.”

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Using the latest technology we trained with our RENK colleagues in Germany to minimise travel during these COVID times but were able to share assembly information in real-time with full situational awareness using the REALWEAR HMT-1® headsets and software. All gearboxes have been made to the same high standards and fully tested on a specially designed RENK test rig. A further three Angular Gearboxes are in production and we are aiming to complete
6 by the end of the month.

Horstman Produces First Gearbox for UK BOXER Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Programme
Using REALWEAR HMT-1
headset and software to link to RENK Augsburg.

Horstman – a company of the RENK Group – has been headquartered in Bath since 1913, with business units in the UK, the US and Canada. It delivers mobility solutions for the global wheeled and armoured markets’ hardest challenges. Horstman provides world-leading design and manufacturing capabilities, with our customers benefiting from our time-tested pedigree in innovation, product development, manufacture and defence project management in heavy armoured and tracked vehicle suspension systems. Horstman designed and manufactured products have been integrated
for many years throughout multiple, battle-proven, British Army platforms and customers globally.

Renk GmbH (stylised as RENK Group) is an automotive company manufacturing engines and transmission (mechanics)s for trucks, combat defense vehicles, and ships. Headquartered in Augsburg, Germany, RENK Group is a globally leading manufacturer of high-quality transmissions, engines, hybrid drive systems, suspension systems, slide bearings, couplings and test systems. The group serves a wide range of end markets with a particular focus on armoured vehicles, defence and civil marine, power generation, plastics, oil & gas, and others. With over 3,000 employees, RENK Group generates annual revenues of over EUR 800 million.

Horstman Produces First Gearbox for UK BOXER Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Programme
The RENK supplied test rig in testing

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