The first Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) being built for Australia in a $3 billion order has been unveilled by the army.
The first of 211 vehicles made its debut at a ceremony at Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane today attended by defence officials.
Defence minister LindaReynolds said: “They will be able to undertake a range of missions from regional stability and peacekeeping through to high-threat operations, and will provide improved safety to Australian soldiers on deployment and on exercises around the world.”
Over the 30 year life of the project Australian industry will secure $10 billion of the total expenditure in buying and maintaining the fleet.
Seven SMEs worked on the first 25 vehicles which are being produced in Germany:
# Brisbane-based Frontline Manufacturing: supplying prototype brackets.
# Sydney-based Precision Metal Group Australia: supplying prototype brackets.
# Burnie-based Direct Edge: supplying prototype brackets.
# Melbourne-based MoTeC: supplying information data logging, IT connections and system support.
# Sydney-based Axalta: supplying specialist paint and paint supply products.
# Melbourne-based Hilton Manufacturing: supplying prototype bracketry.
Brisbane-based Rockpress: supplying mine blast protection plates.
The remaining vehicles will be assembled at Rheinmetall’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence facility in Redbank, near Ipswich.
Picture: Ddefence/Boxer CRV
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