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KNDS Introduces Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret

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KNDS Introduces Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret

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Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret
Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret

The Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) variant of BOXER with the remote controlled turret RCT30 represents one of the most modern wheeled IFV’s. Excellent firepower and high mobility are essential to asserting oneself in high-intensity conflicts and offers the possibility for escalation and de-escalation in all other deployment scenarios. In BOXER RCT30, this capability is achieved by the firepower of the turret as being operated by the German Army in the tracked IFV PUMA in combination with the high mobility and the high protection level of the BOXER. The fully-stabilized, state-of-the-art remote-controlled turret with cutting-edge optical and optronic visibility allows the entire crew for 360° all-round observation, detection and identification of long range targets. The airburst-capable, fully stabilised 30 mm machine cannon allows for accurate engagement of moving targets, even when driving. Two different ammunition types in the turret provide for a mission-based fire fight at the push of a button.

Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret
Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret. (Photo by KNDS)

With the latest C4I architecture, BOXER RCT30 can be fully integrated into the existing battlefield management system and allows for the updating of navigation and tactical information from infantry soldiers with various interface functions for a networked command. The modular design of BOXER allows for flexible adaptation to future military tasks or changing requirements, due to its uniform Drive Module and a large number of specific, rapidly interchangeable Mission Modules. In addition to is underlying performance, BOXER RCT30 provides its crew with extraordinary survivability and protection against mines (AT, AP), IEDs, corresponding ballistic threats (incl. artillery fragments), NBC threats and detection (radar, noise, solar loading) in addition to its superior firepower.

Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret
Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret. (Photo by KNDS)

The Boxer is a multirole armoured fighting vehicle designed by an international consortium to accomplish a number of operations through the use of installable mission modules. A distinctive and unique feature of the vehicle is its composition of a drive platform module and interchangeable mission modules which allow several configurations to meet different operational requirements. The governments participating in the Boxer programme have changed as the programme has developed. The Boxer vehicle is produced by the ARTEC GmbH (armoured vehicle technology) industrial group, and the programme is being managed by OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). ARTEC GmbH is based in Munich; its parent companies are Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH and Rheinmetall Military Vehicles GmbH on the German side, and Rheinmetall Defence Nederland B.V. for the Netherlands.

Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret
Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret. (Photo by KNDS)

KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems) is the result of the association of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter, two of the leading European manufacturers of military land systems based in Germany and France. KNDS forms a Group of 8,300 employees, with a 2020 revenue of 2.4 billion euro, an order backlog of around 10,6 billion euro and incoming orders of 3,3 billion euro. The range of its products includes main battle tanks, armored vehicles, artillery systems, weapons systems, ammunition, military bridges, customer services, battle management systems, training solutions, protection solutions and a wide range of equipment. The formation of KNDS represents the beginning of consolidation in land defense systems industry in Europe. The strategic alliance between KMW and Nexter enhances both groups’ competitiveness and international positions, as well as their ability to meet the needs of their respective national army.KNDS headquarters are based in Amsterdam.

Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret
Boxer 8X8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with RCT30 Remotely Operated Turret. (Photo by KNDS)

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